The building and joining firm and its owner were sentenced yesterday (3 February 2015) at Preston Crown Court, following an incident in 2011 where a man died after falling through a fragile roof. 

The firm, Peter Mawson Ltd, was fined £200,000 after pleading guilty (in December 2014) to a charge of corporate manslaughter under the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007, and £20,000 to a charge of failing to ensure the safety of his employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. 

Peter Mawson, owner of the company, also pleaded guilty to a the same breach under the 1974 Act and was sentenced today to: eight months imprisonment; 2 year suspension; 200 hours unpaid work; a publicity order to advertise what happened on the company website for a set period of time and on half page spread in the local newspaper; and, pay costs of £31,504.77. 

On Tuesday 25 October 2011, emergency services attended West Cumberland Farmers LTD, Lindal, Ulverston, following a report that a man had fallen through a roof. The 42 year old employee had been working on the roof and had fallen through the skylight from a height of approximately 7.6 meters onto a concrete floor. He was taken to Furness General Hospital where he died a short time later. 

Chris Hatton, the investigating inspector at HSE, added: 

“Jason tragically lost his life because the company that employed him did nothing to make sure he was safe while he worked on a fragile roof. Peter Mawson knew the clear panels on the roof weren’t safe to walk on but neither he nor his company provided any equipment to prevent workers falling to their death. If scaffolding or netting had been fitted under the fragile panels, or covers had been fitted over them, then Jason would still be here today.” 

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