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The owners of a company in Bury, Greater Manchester were handed a prison sentence after pleading guilty to corporate manslaughter and the failure to protect one of their workers.

Benjamin Edge had been carrying out work on a roof without using any safety equipment, resulting in him falling to his death. The bosses were at SR & JR Brown were found to have attempted to cover up failings in health and safety.


Manchester Crown Court was informed that 25-year-old Edge had been working on the roof at a Ramsbottom building in poor weather conditions, and fell through it.

Peter Heap, who had been asked to work alongside Edge due to his experience of working at height, take harnesses to the site after the incident to cover up the fact they had been working without using them. James Brown, Director of SR and RJ Brown, created false risk assessments to make it look as though they had been in place prior to the accident.

James Brown and co-director Chris Brown were both jailed haven been found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Heap was also handed a prison sentence, which was suspended for two years, due to his part in the attempted cover-up.


The company pleaded guilty to corporate manslaughter and was fined £300,000. The court heard that Heap himself was very lucky not to have fallen too.

The use of PPE is crucial, especially when working in a potentially dangerous situation.

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