04 October 2007
Bedfordshire company ordered to pay £176k
An engineering firm from Bedfordshire has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £76,128.68 following the death of a worker, Workplace Law reports.
John Walsh, who worked for Dawson-Wam, died on September 13th after an auger drive unit of a piling rig he was trying to dismantle came off its stand and struck him.
He had been attempting to "improvise" a free motor by securing chains to the auger drive unit and then connecting them to the arm of an excavator at the time of the incident.
Dawson-Wam, which formed following a merger of Wam Civil Engineering and WA Dawson, pled guilty to breaching health and safety regulations last month at Croydon Crown Court.
It accepted that it had failed to suitably assess the risk of Mr Walsh dismantling the piling rig and had failed to provide adequate instruction to its employees for conducting the operation Mr Walsh had attempted.