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Roofer sentenced after fall leads to death

A self-employed roofer has been handed a suspended jail term after an employee died following a fall.

Roy Hardaker of Oldham, trading as 9 to 5 Roofing, was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years, along with 200 hours of unpaid work, after Jason Fogarty fell from a flat roof and died from his injuries.

Manchester Crown Court heard that on 22 December 2013, Mr Fogarty was working alongside Mr Hardaker on a flat roof replacement project.

Mr Fogarty was holding cladding sheets in position from a ladder then climbed up onto the roof and fell from the edge. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A joint investigation by Greater Manchester Police and the Health and Safety Executive found there was no scaffold edge protection to prevent falls from the edges of the roof.

HSE inspector Laura Moran said after the hearing: “The dangers associated with working at height are well known.

“Mr Hardaker is an experienced roofer, who completely failed in his duties to properly plan the roof work and to ensure it was carried out safely.

“By failing to have suitable edge protection installed around the building, Mr Hardaker put himself and his employees at risk, ultimately costing Mr Fogarty his life.”

Mr Hardaker pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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