Extreme risk created by manager who fell far short of what the law required

A building site manager has been convicted after his disregard of safety resulted in the death of construction worker in January 2015 on a site in Leicester.

A 45 year-old workman fell through a skylight aperture in a first floor roof and died later in hospital. The site manager was found guilty (Friday 15 July) of manslaughter by gross negligence after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Honourable Mr Justice Saunders in sentencing Mr Patel said:

“The defendant paid no regard to health and safety whatsoever. It is clear to me the defendant had no idea of the responsibility he had for maintaining safety on the site. There was a high risk of a fall onto the concrete floor. The risk of death or serious injury was high.”

He was sentenced to 2 years 6 months in prison for manslaughter by gross negligence and eight months in prison for the health and safety offences, to run concurrently.