In 2007 a health and safety engineer plunged about 30 feet to his death, when he fell through a skylight on an inspection of a roof safety system.
Paul Voller, of Blidworth, was working for Nottingham safety testing firm, First Testing Ltd, who had recently won the contract for all B&Q stores. Mr Voller was doing a routine inspection of the roof safety system at a B&Q store in Bradford, when the accident at work occurred.
It was discovered after Mr Voller was found, that the safety harness each engineer has was still attached to his lanyard, which is usually the position when working on the ground not up high.
It was said in court that because of the new contract the firm had recently won, it was the first time any of its staff had been onto the roof of any of the stores and therefore not much was known about the roof layout, including where abouts the skylights were and how many there were.
First Testing Ltd, pleaded guilty to a number of offences including failure to ensure the welfare, health and safety of its employees, for example Mr Voller’s accident at work for which they were fined £12,000. Not carrying out a suitable risk assessment to other people, while work is carried out which they were fined £2,500 for.
The Nottingham based firm also pleaded guilty to not having their staff properly trained in rescue procedures and making on the fly unrecorded competency assessments of their employees.
It was said by the Judge of the case that although the issues that had arisen didn’t cause Mr Voller’s accident, they still increased the chances of more accidents happing.