A farmer has been fined £26,000 by North East Wales Magistrates’ Court after a worker fell through the fragile roof of his milking shed.
Robert Latham, 64, of Knolton Farm, Overton, has also been ordered to pay £3922.60 in costs and a surcharge of £170.
David Alan Rees, 56, a self-employed contractor, had been clearing out the valley gutter from a ladder when he was fatally injured on 19 July 2018.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Latham failed to plan the work at height and did not have any suitable equipment available to do the work safely.
Speaking after the prosecution, HSE inspector, Mhairi Duffy said “There are no winners in this tragic case. Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers and contractors in the safe system of working. If a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the death could have been prevented.”
In court, Mr Latham’s barrister had said the case was “genuinely tragic” and that his client “thought he had a safe system of work in place. He didn’t”.
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