THE DIRECTOR of a solar panel company has been sentenced after his brother died from a fall through a fragile roof.
Worcester Crown Court heard how, on 9 December 2015, solar panels were being installed on the roof of a barn at Manor Farm, Orleton, Hereford. Working for his brother, Stephen Webb fell approximately seven metres through a fragile roof ridge panel to the ground below, suffering fatal injuries.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that no measures were in place to prevent falls neither from the roof, nor through the roof.
The company, Light Power Grp Limited of Keady Orchards, Boraston Bank, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £80,000 with a victim surcharge of £120.
The director of Light Power Grp Limited and Stephen Webb’s brother, Michael John Webb of Keady Orchards, Boraston Bank, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of The Work at Height Regulations 2005.
He was given a 12-month community order to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £15,000 with a victim surcharge of £60.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector James Lucas said, “There are no winners in this tragic case.
“Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.
“This tragic incident led to the avoidable death of a young man, who had only that year become a father.
“This death could easily have been prevented if the company and director had acted to identify and manage the risks involved, and to put a safe system of work in place.”