Safety firm fined 14 500 after roof death

Published:  13 October, 2010

BRADFORD: Safety testing company, First Testing based in Nottingham, was fined 14 500 for lax safety rules for its own employees after one of its engineers fell to his death while inspecting the rooftop safety system at B&Q's Bradford store.

Paul Voller died after falling through a skylight at the store on the Euroway Trading Estate, Bradford magistrates heard this week.

The court was told that this was a new contract and the first time any of First Testing's staff had been up on that roof. First Testing pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees and fined 12 000 for that offence.

It also pleaded guilty to not carrying out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of risks to people other than its own employees while the work was carried out, and for that charge fined 2500.

The company also admitted further charges of failing to have staff adequately trained in rescue procedures and for undertaking employee competency assessment only on an ad hoc and unrecorded basis.

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