20 December 2007
Developer fined after collapsing wall kills member of the public
A self-employed property developer has been fined after a wall collapsed and killed a member of the public in Manchester.
Anthony Broderick, based in Sale, was fined £17,500 and ordered to pay £9,500 costs at Trafford Magistrates Court following the death of a man in 2005 who was killed by a collapsing wall on a building site.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned that developers and construction firms must properly segregate the public from construction areas.
HSE principal inspector Anna Bliss said: "This tragic accident could very easily have been avoided had Mr Broderick taken time to fence off the footpath.
"It is important that anyone doing work that creates danger makes time to prevent unsafe access by members of the public."
During 2005-06, five members of the public died as a result of construction activity, compared with eight in the previous year, according to government statistics.