The charge was brought against Tony Broadbent following an incident in August 2012. His son, Kyle Broadbent, had been assisting him with repairs to a warehouse roof to repay him for a Chelsea season ticket. Kyle stepped on a skylight as he walked across the roof and fell to the ground 25 feet below. Kyle, who worked in IT, had previously assisted his father on occasions, but was not a trained roofing contractor. Tony Broadbent had seen his son walking towards him and called out to him to stop, but it was too late to prevent his fall.

The jury were then invited to provide a majority verdict on a separate charge of failing to ensure the health and safety of his employees, but they were unable to reach a verdict. The prosecution were given 14 days to consider whether they wished to seek a retrial but decided to offer no evidence in relation to that charge.