Colin Hooper convicted over fall that killed employee through inadequate safety

A roofer from Brighton has been found guilty of corporate manslaughter following the death of a worker who fell through a skylight.

Colin Hooper, founder of IC Roofing Ltd, had pleaded not guilty to corporate manslaughter although he admitted breaching a general duty to employees at work.

He was found guilty by a jury at Hove crown court yesterday.

Unsafe roofing practice
Another example of unsafe roofing practice

Employee Darren Hoofe fell to his death in 2005 while working on a roof without a safety harness or safety net below him, dying in hospital a day later of severe head injuries.

According to the Brighton Argus, Hooper had already been served with two prohibition notices by the health and Safety authorities before the incident that led to Hoofe's death.

Cooper will be sentenced on January 27.