Roof collapse ‘terror ride’


A construction firm has been fined £100,000 over the collapse of a canopy at a school in which a man from Ripley was seriously injured.

Shrewsbury Crown Court heard last week that key pieces of the 40-tonne structure were insufficiently welded together and the structure collapsed at the Abraham Darby Academy in Madeley, Telford, in August, 2011.

Mark Drury-Tuck, 32, of Ripley, was one of five roofers who plunged 13-metres in what the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) described as “a terror ride” when the heavy steel canopy buckled and collapsed.

He was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was kept in overnight for observation. He was left with pain in his ribs.

His four colleagues, from Nottinghamshire, suffered various injuries including fractured and broken bones, cuts and bruising.

Adstone Construction Ltd, of Wassage Way, Hampton Lovett Industrial Estate, Droitwich, was fined a total of £100,000 and ordered to pay £106,098 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Andrew Bowker said: “This incident had enormous potential for loss of life.

“The canopy collapsed suddenly and violently taking the five roofers that were on it down over 13 metres to the ground on what can only be described as a terror ride.

“Other construction workers had been working directly under the school canopy installing windows. Fortunately they were not under the canopy when it collapsed.”