A scaffolding boss has received a suspended jail sentence after a Scaffolder was killed falling through a roof at a factory in Staffordshire.

On 19 September 2015, at the Norton Aluminium foundry site in Norton Canes, a Scaffolder died after falling approximately 11.5 metres through a fragile roof. The man was working on the corrugated asbestos cement roof to move and fit temporary scaffold guardrails as part of a larger roof refurbishment project.


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the scaffolding boss failed to ensure the health and safety of his employees in relation to the work taking place on the fragile roof at the site.


The boss, from Birmingham, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years, 180 hours of unpaid community service and ordered to pay costs of £14,000.


Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Andrew Bowker said:


“Falls through fragile roof materials remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities during construction work. These risks are well known, and the required control measures well documented in both HSE and industry guidance. This was a tragic and wholly avoidable accident that led to the death of a young man. This death could easily have been prevented if suitable safe systems of work had been in place.”