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Building firm sentenced after corporate manslaughter

A building firm have been sentenced at Preston Crown Court following an indecent in 2011 when a man died as a result of falling through a roof.


The man (Jason Pennington) was working on the roof when he fell through the skylight from a height of approx. 7.6m onto concrete floor, he died shortly later in hospital.

Pete Mawson Ltd, a building and joining firm pleaded guilty to ‘corporate manslaughter’ and breaching the HSE regulations (Health and Safety at Work Act) because they failed to ensure the safety of their workers. The company was fined £200,000 for the corporate manslaughter offense, and £20,000 for the HSE breach.

Peter Mawson (owner of the company) also pleaded guilty to the breach of the same act and was sentenced today to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, 200 hours of unpaid work and an order to advertise what happened on the company website for a period of time and to take out half a page spread in the local newspaper and pay further costs of £31,504.77.

This has happened as a result of a company not taking the proper precautions when it comes to the safety of their workers. At Heightsafe, safety comes above all else!

This is why we offer a host of Edge Protection products/services as well as Skylight Covers to help avoid this type of catastrophe. A lot of accidents happen because companies want to pay less for protection, or neglect to put the right type of protection in place, even if it means taking massive risks like the one above.

In the end, it has landed the business owner with a hefty fine and a prison sentence, not to mention the death of this innocent worker and someone’s family member who should have been safe while at work.

Please contact us today for advice on ensuring you have the right protection in place for anyone you have working at height.

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