St Albans City Football and Athletic Club Limited fined after fatal fall through fragile roof

A football club has today been fined after the death of a volunteer who fell through a fragile roof.

Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 18 July 2017, the 71-year-old St Albans City Football and Athletic Club Limited volunteer suffered fatal injuries after he fell through fragile roof sheeting onto terrace steps below.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that St Albans City Football and Athletic Club Ltd had failed to ensure a suitable system was in place to authorise certain work. It was also found that inadequate supervision, together with volunteers being provided with keys to gain uncontrolled entry to the football ground, resulted in access to the roof to carry out repairs in an unsafe manner.

St Albans City Football and Athletic Club Ltd, of Victoria Street, St Albans pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been fined £1000 and ordered to pay costs of £1000.

After the hearing HSE inspector Sandra Dias said: “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable fatality caused by the failure of the club in its duty of care towards volunteers.

“Employers who use volunteers have to ensure their safety, the same as if they were a paid employee.”



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