27 November 2007
Firm prosecuted after man falls to his death
A company has been fined after an incident in which a 90-year-old man lost his life.
The accident occurred in November 2005 when Jack Taylor fell 1.5 metres into an unguarded excavation in Leeds.
Mr Taylor, who was a Burma Star veteran, subsequently died as a result of the head injuries he sustained during the fall.
At a hearing in Leeds Magistrates Court, Mark Sheard and Wayne Hirons, both employed by Balfour Beatty Power Networks, pleaded guilty to breaches of health and safety regulations and were fined a total of £650 plus costs.
Balfour Beatty Power Networks specialises in distribution networks and power transmission for the power supply industry.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Nicola Allbut stated: "This was a tragic accident which was completely preventable … [The workers] chose not to use … barriers, walking away and leaving the excavation unguarded."