Worker's family could claim for fatal work accident

Worker s family could launch civil claim against employer 2823

The family of a Kent grandfather who died in an accident at work could launch a legal claim for compensation.

Robert Rogers, 61, was working for Ovenden Engineering, which had been contracted by Allied Domecq Spirits and Wine, to fix a leak at a warehouse when the fatal accident happened.

Judges at Canterbury Crown Court were told that Mr Rogers was on the roof of the facility with one of his colleagues and as he walked across the surface, the experienced employee fell through one of the 80 skylights and hit the concrete floor below.

The man was rushed to hospital after suffering multiple injuries, but died later. He is survived by his wife, two sons and nine grandchildren.

After hearing of the accident, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation so it could find out exactly what happened.

It was discovered by inspectors from the organisation that no crawling boards, scaffolds, harnesses or nets were given to the employees by either Ovenden Engineering or Domecq Spirits and Wines.

Additionally, no plan for work at heights was implemented by the alcohol distributor and no proper control measures were in place.

Ovenden Engineering was yesterday (June 18th) ordered to pay £26,667 and made to expend £4,000 in costs after admitting breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Allied Domecq Spirits and Wine was fined £266,677 on top of costs of £10,742 after breaching a section of the same act.

Jennifer Rogers, Robert's wife of 40-years, said: "The shock and suddenness of Bob's death significantly affected me. I was in a daze for a long time, and still find I'm in a daze now sometimes.

"His death was just after my birthday and near Christmas and I found it very difficult to face [the holiday] without him. I feel lost without him and do struggle."

She added the man was her soulmate and they did everything together.

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