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A Greater Manchester businessman has received a suspended prison sentence following the death of a worker who had been casually employed by him.


Oldham-based Roy Hardaker, the owner of 9 to 5 Roofing, had been working with Jason Fogarty replacing a flat roof. Manchester Crown Court was advised that in December 2013, once the flat roof had been replaced, the pair started work on the installation of flashing and cladding so that the edges of the roof would be sealed. The cladding sheets were held in place by Fogarty, by using a ladder that was being footed by Hardaker. The flashing and the cladding sheets were fastened in place by Hardaker.


During the process, Fogarty climbed onto the roof, although there remains no clear reason for him doing so, and subsequently fell from the roof's edge. He died at the scene of the accident.


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Greater Manchester Police conducted investigations, finding that insufficient planning had been carried out, which would have ensured that the work was completed in a safe manner. Therefore, no measures had been implemented to ensure that no falls ensued.


Laura Moran, HSE inspector, stated that the risks associated with working at height are well known. Moran added that Hardaker had put his own and his employee's life in danger by not putting personal protective equipment (PPE) in place.


Hardaker was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years. He also has to complete 200 hours of work, which will be unpaid.

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