Two companies have been sentenced following the death of a worker who died after a two foot long mental bar fell 10 metres landing on his head.

The HSE investigation found that there was an absence of adequate precautions in place to control the risk of falling equipment and materials. It considered this to be a failing on the part of both individual’s employer and the owner of the company/premises at which the individual had been working. Both defendants were reported to have been aware of the issue but nonetheless continued to operate.

Both companies pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 10(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The employer was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay £24,020 in costs; while the company/premises owner was fined £120,000 also with £24,020 to pay in costs.