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Firm fined over worker's fatal fall

Building firm Rubb Buildings has been hit with a £100,000 fine after one of its employees fell 10m to his death from an aircraft hanger roof.

Steve Watson was not wearing a safety harness and had alcohol in his system when he fell from the hanger roof at Bristol International Airport, an inquest heard earlier.

He was working on the roof to dismantle it when he fell through a hole he had previously cut. He fell 30m on to a concrete floor.

Rubb Buildings was also ordered to pay court costs of £48,795.36 after pleading guilty to breaking one aspect of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in relation to the incident.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Steve Frain said: “Steven Watson should have been properly protected by Rubb Buildings Ltd; instead, he lost his life.

“Steven Watson should have been properly protected by Rubb Buildings Ltd; instead, he lost his life.”

Steve Frain, HSE inspector

“The company failed in its duty to ensure there was a properly planned and supervised means of working - there should have been no need to work directly on the roof.

“Falls from height can be extremely serious risks and adequate safety measures must be in place to protect all workers in order to prevent tragic incidents such as this.”

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