The two East Lancashire firms who exposed a father-of-two to health and safety risks while working at height have had their case referred to a higher court for sentencing.
Glen Mill Group Developments Ltd, of Lomeshaye Business Village, Nelson, and Howarth Scaffolding Services Ltd, of Accrington Road, Hapton, are being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the death of Peter Walton, who fell 20ft, on an Altham Industrial estate in May 2006.
The HSE have accepted a guilty plea from Glen Mill Development Ltd at Hyndburn Magistrates Court who have admitted they were supervising site at the time of the accident and they could have carried out more checks to secure his safety.
However the HSE is yet to accept a plea from Haworth Scaffolding Ltd, who it says is more culpable in Mr Walton's death as they had constructed the scaffolding from which he fell.
Mr Walton, 55, from Anchorsholme, near Blackpool was working for New Look Construction and was on the third level of scaffolding when the accident happened.
He suffered severe head injuries and was in a coma for five-and-a-half weeks.
The grandfather-of-four was airlifted to hospital from the scene but never regained consciousness and died from massive brain injuries, in the arms of his wife of 18 years, Christine, and his family and friends.
The case has now been referred to Burnley Crown Court after magistrates felt they did not have high enough sentencing powers for the case.
Both companies will be sentencing on Wednesday, May 5. Speaking after the hearing Mr Walton's wife Christine paid tribute to her husband.
She said she finally feels she is getting some justice for her husband’s death.
"I feel very relieved they have pleaded guilty – simply because they are guilty."
She added: "It means we won't have to go through all the evidence again, I didn't want to have to go through it all again.
"I can now breath a sigh of relief. The end is in sight after nearly four years. It means we will soon be able to lay Peter to rest."