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    STEEL BEAM FALL CAUSES DEATH OF LABOURER

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    Leonard Gibson, a plumber from Enfield, London has been ordered to pay over £13k in fines and prosecution costs after a young labourer died after being struck on the head by a steel beam.

    The beam was being manually lifted into position with four other workmen during refurbishment of a domestic property in October 2006.

    HSE has now issued a firm warning to minimise the risks when working with heavy materials. 

    Inspector Nicola Surrey said: “This tragic incident could have been prevented if the employer had made sure his workers were not left exposed to unnecessary risks.  There is plenty of advice and guidance available from the HSE to help people comply with the law and keep workers safe. However, for those who fall short of the law, the HSE will not hesitate to take action.”

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