The owner of a building firm has been jailed for six years after two of his employees fell off a roof they were repairing on the same day.
49-year-old Allan Thomson was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter at Manchester Crown Court and sentenced on 8 April after one of the men died and the other was seriously injured following incidents which both took place in Stockport on 21 January 2014.
Meanwhile Michael Smith, owner of Rochdale based C. Smith and Sons, has also been jailed for eight months for breaching Health and Safety regulations after his firm sub-contracted the dismantling of the roofs of the Harvey’s and Carpetright buildings in Heaton Norris out to Thomson’s Building and Dismantling Contractors Ltd.
The roofs of the buildings in question were made up of steel corrugated sheets interspersed with plastic skylights. On the morning of 21 January 2014, a 47-year-old employee of Thomson’s fell through one of the skylights to the concrete floor below, fracturing his spine, pelvis, right leg, heel and wrist.
Ambulance and police attended the scene but despite the horrific injuries suffered by their colleague, Thomson ordered his employees to return to the roof later that day, a decision which would cost 42-year-old Scott Harrower his life after he too fell through a skylight.