24 September 2010
Major construction firm fined £160k for fatal accident at work
A large construction company has been fined £160,000 for its liability in an accident at work which led to one of its employees dying.
Kier North West - part of the Kier Group which employs around 11,000 people worldwide - was prosecuted following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in which it was found that the company was responsible for the death of Karl Davis in February 2007.
The fatal incident took place on the site of a construction project to build a new training academy for Merseyside-based football club Everton when Mr Davis fell from the first floor of the development after a guardrail by an open window frame gave way.
Mr Davis was subsequently in a coma for some three months before eventually passing away shortly after he turned 43 years of age.
Robert Hodkinson, HSE inspector, commented after the trial at Liverpool Crown Court: "Falls from height are the biggest single cause of death and serious injury at work."
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett