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SON CONTRIBUTES TO TRAGIC DEATH OF FATHER ON DEMO SITE

Contractor fined over falling wall during poorly planned and managed demolition

Building contractor Do it Al (Alaister Copland T/A) has been prosecuted following the death of a workman struck by a piece of falling cob wall during demolition works.

Agency workers Jamie Ford 24 and his father, Stephen Ford, 50 were demolishing a barn at Dunbury Farmhouse in Winterbourne Houghton near Blandford in November 2008.

Son Jamie was using a handtool to demolish the wall when a section fell striking his father Stephen on the head. HSE investigators found neither man was wearing a safety helmet and Stephen died of his injuries at the scene. The court heard that no plan of work for the demolition was in place and Alaister Copland had no experience in demolition work of this kind.

Work should have been carried out remotely using machinery

Do it Al (Alaister Copland T/A) of Dorchester, pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay compensation to the family of £2,390 at Dorchester Crown Court.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector, Helena Tinton, said:

“This is a tragic case which clearly demonstrates the dangers of carrying out demolition work without suitable planning. There were multiple failings with this project. In addition to having no written plan for the demolition work, there was inadequate supervision and no-one on site wore head protection.

This demolition work should have been carried out remotely using machinery with clearly marked exclusion zones in place. In failing to plan and carry out the demolition of this building in a safe manner a family has suffered the devastating consequences of worker contributing to his own father’s death – an absolutely tragic situation.”

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