Jail term for director after fireball burned worker

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This is an article we found in IOSH Magazine (March 2017) under the heading of ‘ Jail sentence for director after fireball burned worker’

The director of three construction companies, two dissolved and one still active, has been handed an eight-month prison sentence and disqualified for seven years after his actions nearly resulted in the death of a worker. The 17-year-old employee was left with life-threatening injuries caused by a fireball ignited by burning waste and was off work for seven months.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that David Gordon Stead, director of Stead Construction Services (SCS), had failed to ensure that waste material was burned safely. On 28 May 2015, Bradley Rossiter was instructed to stand on top of a skip and pour a drum of flammable thinners onto the burning waste to aid the burning process.

Stead pleaded guilty of breaching Sec 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act and of breaching Reg 4 of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regs 2013.

He was jailed for 32 weeks.