A BUILDER described as a "good husband and an amazing dad" died after falling at a building site, an inquest has heard.

Nathan Harris, of Chadwell Avenue, Sholing, was working on the roof of a new-build project in Pitmore Road, Allbrook, on February 1, when he fell through a hole where a skylight was due to be fitted.

Winchester Coroner's Court heard Mr Harris fell around six metres onto the floor below, sustaining traumatic head injuries.

The 38-year-old was rushed to Southampton General Hospital, but died two days later.

The inquest heard the incident was referred to the Health and Safety Executive, who found that there were no written risk assessments for the construction site, and that safety features such as fall netting was not installed.

However, investigator Sharron Cripps confirmed no action was taken against Mr Harris' company, N Harris Building Ltd, and that a risk assessment was not needed due to the number of employees.

The inquest heard from co-workers at the construction site that Mr Harris was on the roof in a bid to weather-proof the building, as snow was being forecast.

Carpenter Ross Clarke, who had been up on the roof that afternoon, described it as "wet, I wouldn't say it was particularly slippy".

Mr Clarke said Mr Harris had been on the roof on his own when he heard a noise "like a shout, scream". Colleague rushed to Mr Harris' aid while waiting for paramedics to arrive.

He added that although there was no written risk assessment, the workers would discuss what needed doing, and how to do it safely.

Recording a conclusion of accidental death, assistant coroner Samantha Marsh was unable to determine how Mr Harris fell.

During the inquest, Mr Harris wife Katie paid tribute. She said: "He was a good husband and an amazing dad.

"We had a really good life together. He was always the person people would go to if they needed advice.

"He always made me see the lighter side of things."