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Fatality results in guilty verdict under the Health & Safety at Work Act

We were retained to advise a freight forwarding company being investigated by the police and Health & Safety Executive in relation to the death of a subcontractor who had been employed to clean their warehouse roof.  Sadly the subcontractor’s employee fell through a skylight onto a concrete floor 12 metres below and sustained fatal injuries.  Although the company had replied upon the expertise held out by the subcontracting firm, it was found that the company failed to fully assess the expertise and procedures to be employed by the subcontractor, and were therefore guilty of an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act and were fined.