Manager denied he was in charge

A senior manager of a roofing company tried to stop the HSE from charging him with neglect by denying his managerial status. What happened and what was the outcome for the manager’s employer?

In November 2016, an untrained apprentice, who worked for roofing firm Adam Askey, fell over six metres through a fragile skylight and suffered serious facial, back and head injuries. He was placed in an induced coma for three weeks and has been unable to return to work.

The HSE carried out an investigation and discovered that at the time of the accident the 18-year-old worker was not alone on the roof; the sales director, along with another roof worker were also present.

Adam Askey pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) Work at Height Regulations 2005 and recieved a £120 000 fine. The sales director pleaded guilty to a charge under s.37 Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was given a twelve-month community order for 200 hours of unpaid work. He also had to submit to an electronically-monitored curfew for four weeks.

Adam Askey’s fine was a result of taking on someone in a senior role and allowing them free reign.

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