Local Construction Company Fined for Negligence After Roofer’s Fatal Fall at Headcorn Site

Local Construction Company Fined for Negligence After Roofer’s Fatal Fall at Headcorn Site

A tragic incident at a construction site in Headcorn has resulted in a local construction company being fined for negligence. The incident occurred on July 5th, 2017, when a roofer employed by Amberley Homes fell to his death from scaffolding while working on the site.

The roofer, Mark Tolley, 51, fell nearly two meters through an opening in the scaffold and suffered serious injuries, including broken ribs and a punctured lung. Despite initially standing after the fall, he later died at the hospital eight days later.

Amberley Homes (Kent) Ltd, based in West Kingsdown, near Sevenoaks, was found guilty of failing to control the site and pleaded guilty to breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 in court. The company was fined £25,000 and ordered to pay £83,842 in costs at Canterbury Crown Court.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the company had not appointed a competent person to manage the construction site and to ensure the safety of workers. The scaffolding on the site was also found to be unsafe and not properly adapted for the needs of different sub-contractors.

The HSE also found that site management did not effectively monitor the site or act on safety concerns raised by their safety consultant. This tragic incident could have been avoided if proper site management and safety measures were in place.

HSE principal inspector Ross Carter stated that this case highlights the importance of principal contractors planning, managing, and monitoring health and safety on construction sites. The HSE will not hesitate to take action against those who fail to meet safety standards and do not effectively manage the construction phase of a project.

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