SR 2109/159
22nd August 2019
August 2019 new letter
29th August 2019

Construction company fined £1.0 Million

A construction company was fined £1,000,000 and ordered to pay costs of £108,502 after a worker was struck by an excavator and was killed. One of the company’s employees was given a six-month custodial sentence, suspended for twelve months and ordered to pay costs of £15,000.  On the night of 2nd March 2014, the deceased was crushed against a concrete wall by a tool mounted on an excavator. Another worker nearly suffered the same fate. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the construction company failed to ensure the safety, so far as is reasonably practicable, of its employees and of others who were not their employees working on the site. The investigation also that the site supervisor, who was operating the excavator at the time, failed to take reasonable care for other persons on site at the time.