Company fined £80,000 after man falls to death

Mark Simpson,  a self employed electrician aged 43 died in March 2009 after falling 30ft to his death through a fragile perspex roof light on the loading bay roof of IDS Logistics. He died of multiple injuries.
Mark Simpson, a self employed electrician aged 43 died in March 2009 after falling 30ft to his death through a fragile perspex roof light on the loading bay roof of IDS Logistics. He died of multiple injuries.
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A SHEFFIELD company has been fined £80,000 after the death of an electrician who fell more than 30 feet to his death through a roof.

IDS Logistics UK Ltd on Kettlebridge Road, Darnall admitted four offences of breaching health and safety legislation at the city’s Magistrates Court.

The company was prosecuted by the city council’s Health Protection Service.

Self-employed electrician Mark Simpson, aged 43,of Bocking Lane, Greenhill, died in March 2009 after falling through a fragile perspex roof light on the loading bay roof of a distribution warehouse. He died of multiple injuries.

Mr Simpson had been at the site to give a quote for some cabling work for video conferencing facilities.

During the visit a decision was made with the facilities manager of IDS Logistics to go on to the roof to have a look at some gutters that required cleaning.

Mr Simpson and the facilities manager accessed the roof via a fixed ladder and proceeded across the main roof on to the loading bay roof.

He stepped on to a perspex roof light that was indistinguishable from the rest of the roof due to the accumulation of dirt on the skylight and the outdoor lighting conditions.

An inquest last year heard that Mark had died after suffering haemorrhages in his chest and brain.

The company, which distributes clothes and leather goods, had occupied the site for around a year, but signed a lease for the 380,000 square foot warehouse eight days before Mark’s death.

The inquest heard IDS was responsible for maintaining the premises and keeping them in a good state of repair.

Mr Simpson was well known to the company and had worked as a contractor for the firm many times.

Council environmental health officer Michelle Garrigan said: “Falls from height remain the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injuries.

“The council’s Health Protection Services will be taking action to prevent similar accidents occurring and will be writing to all warehouses and industrial estates with advice to employers on how to comply with the Work at Height Regulations.”