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December 19th 2012

Accidents in Public Places

Court orders fines totalling £140,000 after workman fell to his death through factory roof

Court orders fines totalling £140,000 after workman fell to his death through factory roof

 The Health and Safety Executive today (19.12.12) successfully prosecuted Garthwest Ltd, Cavill Property Maintenance Ltd and Sean Cavill, the Director of Cavill Property Maintenance after a workman fell through a factory roof to his death.

 The Health and Safety Executive today (19.12.12) successfully prosecuted Garthwest Ltd, Cavill Property Maintenance Ltd and Sean Cavill, the Director of Cavill Property Maintenance after a workman fell through a factory roof to his death.

Kevin Jackson, aged 53, was working at Garthwest Ltd on the Sutton Fields Industrial Estate in Hull on October 29th 2009 when he fell through a fragile roof 27 feet to the factory floor below. 

Mr Jackson, from the north part of the city, was working with a colleague from Cavill Property Maintenance, owned by Sean Cavill.

Today, at proceedings at Hull Crown Court heard by His Honour Judge Mettyear, Garthwest Ltd, Cavill Property Maintenance and Sean Cavill, all entered guilty pleas to charges under Section 3 of the Health and Safety Regulations Act: failing to protect workers, failing to provide a safe working environment and safe working equipment.

The Judge ordered that Garthwest be fined £50,000 (fifty thousand pounds), Cavill Property Maintenance £65,000 (sixty five thousand pounds) and Sean Cavill fined £25,000 (twenty five thousand pounds).

After the hearing, Carol Jackson, Kevin Jackson’s wife, issued a statement through her legal representative Andrew McGowan, a personal injury specialist at Neil Hudgell Solicitors.

“We are very relieved that after three years there has finally been an acceptance by the parties involved that they failed to look after Kevin’s welfare and ensure that he could work safely.

“However, no amount of legal proceedings will make up for the loss of Kevin, a wonderful husband, father and man universally liked and respected.”

Mrs Jackson is now pursuing a civil case through Hudgell Solicitors.

 

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