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Companies fined £195,000 for professional negligence

Companies fined £195,000 for professional negligence

Two companies have been fined a total of £195,000 for professional negligence after a man died while working at a site in Somerset.

Express Park Construction Company Limited (EPCC) and Oxford Architects Partnership (OAP) pleaded guilty to breaking the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Construction Regulations (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 respectively following the death of 64-year-old Davis Cairns in January 2005.

Mr Cairns was working for an EPCC sub-contractor on a development in Bridgwater, Somerset, when he fell nine metres to the ground after not being protected by an insufficiently-sized parapet on a roof as he installed an air conditioning system.

Both companies accepted their liability in the accident during a hearing at Bristol Crown Court and EPCC was consequently ordered to pay a £75,000 fine and costs of £68,000, while OAP - which recently completed a £5 million school redevelopment project in Worcestershire - had to pay £120,000 in fines and costs of £60,000.

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Posted by Richard Saunders