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Essex roofing contractor given suspended prison sentence

A self-employed roofing contractor from Essex has been given a suspended prison sentence after an incident in which a friend fell through the roof of a domestic garage – and later died of his injuries.

Steve Mason had been contracted to replace a flat roof on a double garage at a house in Well Lane, Stock, near Chelmsford, and James Waughman was accompanying him, reports the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

While on site Mr Waughman, 58, of Perry Road, Tiptree, suffered a stroke and fell through a gap in the rafters on to the garage floor, suffering multiple injuries. He died in hospital on 17 July 2009, just over three weeks after the incident on 24 June.

Steve Mason, also 58 and of Perry Road, Tiptree, received an eight month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to pay £500 costs today at Chelmsford Crown Court after admitting breaching section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

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