A construction company and an architect’s practice were fined following a fatality at a site they developed. Express Park Construction Company Limited (EPCC) was the main contractor on site, who subcontracted the installation of air conditioning to H&F Air Conditioning Limited. David Cairns was working for the subcontractors when he fell from a platform accessed by a ladder at the edge of a flat roof. The roof had a low parapet which was not high enough to prevent Mr Cairns falling to the ground nine metres below. The design of the building was considered to be a contributing factor for the incident, and the HSE Inspector involved, Sue Adsett, stated “While it is rare for designers to be charged with breaching health and safety legislation, they must be aware they can be held responsible where bad design is an important contributory factor to a work-place fatality.” Oxford Architects Partnership pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 13 and 14 of the CDM Regulations which required designers to have consideration of safety aspects, and was fined £120k with £60k costs. EPCC pleaded guilty to section 3(1) of the HSWA and was fined £75k with £68k costs.