Two companies have been fined more than £70,000 after a man was killed when he drove his scissor lift into an unprotected pit in a factory floor.
Martin McMenemy, 52, from Grimsby, was working for O Turner Insulation Ltd when the incident occurred in 2008, installing wall and ceiling panels in a food processing plant in Ratby Lane in Leicester.
The vehicle overturned when it was driven into the uncovered recess, and Mr McMenemy later died of head injuries in hospital.
O Turner Insulation Ltd and principal contractor Clegg Food Projects Ltd were found to have neglected to take simple precautions by an investigation by the Health and Safety executive.
Leicester Crown Court heard on Friday that a metal plate or a cordon could have prevented the incident. O Turner Insulation Ltd was fined £22,500 with £12,806 in costs, while Clegg Food Projects was fined £22,500 and £12,674 in costs.
HSE inspector Stephen Farthing said: “This was an entirely preventable tragedy. A family has been left without a father because simple precautions were not taken to eliminate what was an obvious hazard.
“Both companies had a duty to plan, manage and monitor the work being carried out under their control, but failed in that duty.”
Mr McMenemy’s eldest son Ashley, 33, worked with him as a thermal insulation engineer for several years, but changed career after the incident.
He said: “I lost interest in working as a thermal insulation engineer following the incident. The work wasn’t the same and I simply didn’t enjoy it any more.
“I miss Dad and I am upset that if I ever have any children he will not get to see them. I often think of him, and all the things we haven’t yet done. I miss getting to know him better.”