09 Jul Maidstone TV Studios Fined
Maidstone TV Studios Fined For Health and Safety Failing After Maintenance Worker Falls to His Death
Maidstone TV Studios, based in Kent, have been fined £30,000 after maintenance worker Justin Newitt fell five metres through a roof to his death.
While tasked to convert an empty suite into a data storage room for servers, Newitt ignored instructions and crawled into a roof space to begin the task of cutting holes in the roof to create vents. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found errors in the planning and set-up of the work, with an inadequate guardrail and damaged bracing. Additionally the tower scaffold which was used to access the roof was in damaged condition, and had not been set up correctly.
The towers were erected by Newitt himself, who had not been given any formal training into setting them up correctly, the Health and Safety Executive discovered.
HSE inspector Stephen Green said, “Had the work been properly planned, with suitable access equipment correctly placed and erected by those with adequate training, the work could have been done safely, and this tragedy could have been averted.”
Maidstone Studios Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching two sections of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. In addition to the £30,000 fine it has been ordered to pay costs of £6,487.76.
Newitt’s fiance Jemma Webb describes him as, “an excellent father, who always went out of his way to help people.”