The HSE investigation related to a fatal incident that occurred in October 2016. The employee was removing roof timbers by hand, when a gable wall partially collapsed causing him to fall backwards striking his head against a stack of roof tiles. The investigation found that the work was inadequately planned and managed, the removal of the roof timbers was done out of sequence, and the brick gable had been left unstable. Inadequate provision was also made to prevent falls from height, despite concerns raised by workers days before the incident. Ryde Demolition Limited (the supervisor's employer) pleaded guilty to breaching two counts of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have been fined £80,000. Stoneham Construction Limited (the principal contractor) have pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 and have been fined £56,667. HJ Bennett Ltd have pleaded guilty to breaching two counts of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have been fined £120,000. Each firm was also required to pay £12,000 in costs.
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