Health and safety breach admitted

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A man has admitted a breach of health and safety regulations linked to a builder’s death at a Fleetwood toy factory.

Craig Gray, a 39-year-old father of five, fell 20ft to his death from the roof of a warehouse on to a concrete floor in 2012.

He was not wearing any safety equipment while working at Halsall Toys on Copse Road.

At a Preston Crown Court hearing yesterday David Plant, of Shetland Road, Blackpool, admitted an offence of failing to comply with a health and safety duty in July 2012.

The charge states that as a self employed person, he failed to ensure that he and others, including Mr Gray, were not exposed to risk to health and safety at Halsall Toys.

Bunty Batra, defending, asked for sentencing to be adjourned while a pre-sentence report is compiled by probation.

The judge, Mr Justice Turner, adjourned the case to a date to be arranged. The defendant was further remanded on unconditional bail.

The court was told that Halsall Toys Europe Ltd had pleaded guilty at the magistrates court and is currently awaiting sentence.

The hearing against Halsall Toys heard that the asbestos roof of the factory was known to be fragile in places.

The court was told that Mr Gray, described as a “jobbing builder” had never carried out that type of work before.

Halsall Toys was set up in Blackpool in 1952, before moving to its Fleetwood HQ 21 years ago. It manufactures top toy brands, including items for Disney and The Simpsons.