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Director fined after worker's fatal fall through roof

The director of a building firm has been prosecuted after a self-employed contractor fell to his death through a fragile roof at an industrial building in Penryn.

Paul Gibbons, 59, who lived in Porthleven, was carrying out re-roofing work for Acryflor Ltd. at the Kernick Road Industrial Estate on 22 September 2008 when he fell eight metres through a fragile part of the asbestos cement roof onto the floor below. He was taken to hospital but died of his injuries later that day.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident found that Onyx Europe Ltd., (formerly Acryflor Ltd.) had failed to put adequate safety measures in place at the site despite the risks involved with working at height.

Truro Crown Court heard on 3 May that the work had not been adequately planned and no safety nets or crash deck platforms had been provided to mitigate the effects of a fall.

Matthew Peter Williams, of Trelan Farm, Menerdue Lane, Carnmenellis, Redruth pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,500 after the judge heard he was £1.5 million in debt and had an annual income of £15,000.


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