24 September 2007
Worker crushed to death by glass
Two construction firms have been fined £125,000 after a worker was crushed to death.
Stephen Conlon, a 30-year-old glazier from Tottenham, was trapped under five panels of toughened glass which fell on him while he was fitting a canopy at the Spitalfields Market complex in London.
He suffered massive internal injuries as a result and died in hospital six weeks later after contracting a bacterial infection.
A judge at the Old Bailey ruled that Permasteelisa, the main contractor, was responsible for the primary cause of the accident and fined it £100,000 while Mr Conlon's employer Newnorth, which was contracted to supply the labour for glazing, was fined £25,000.
Both companies admitted failing to comply with a health and safety duty.
A contractor was recently fined following an incident which saw a worker knocked down by a taxi as he was painting road markings in London.