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PROPERTY DEVELOPER AND CONTRACTOR FINED

Prosecutions and fines follow unexplained site death

A property developer and a contractor have been fined a total £25k following the unexplained death of a workman on a construction site in Essex.

The Old Bailey court heard that Otari Davidovich Hudoyan from East London was working on the site when he was found having suffered fatal injuries consistent with a fall from height. There were no witnesses to the incident.

Site contained a number of risks to workers

Principal contractor Ali Aslan was fined £10k and ordered to pay costs of £8k after pleading guilty to breaching HSW Act Section 2. Property developer Kemal Has pleaded guilty to breaching HSW Act Section 3 and was fined £15k and costs of £8k.

HSE investigation following the death found a number of risks to workers including where the floors and roofs had been stripped out.

The principal contractor failed to ensure work was carried out in a safe manner, or that his workers had adequate training. He also failed to properly plan the work being carried out on site and that equipment was safe for workers to use.

The developer failed to produce health and safety information for his contractor about the nature of the building. He had also failed to appoint a competent principal contractor.

Shocking disregard of the law 

HSE Inspector, Helen Donnelly, said: “This is a shocking and appalling example of a property developer and a contractor both disregarding the law, leading to a worker’s death.

“All construction sites need to be properly managed by competent contractors. Had this have happened, then Mr Hudoyan’s death could have been avoided.

“The risks of working at height are well-known and falls from height remain the most common cause of death in the construction industry.”

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