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COMPANIES ADMIT GUILT OVER POWERED GATE DEATH

Firms await sentence over death of young girl crushed by gate

It has been reported by Wales Online that five year-old Karolina Golabek was fatally injured while playing outside the block of flats in Bridgend, Wales in July 2010 when she was crushed by an electrically operated gate.

Two companies have now admitted health and safety breaches over the death. Tremorfa Ltd of St Mellons and John Glen Installation Service of Gorseinon, Swansea, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act, when they appeared before Cardiff Crown Court.

It was reported at the time that the girl’s father saw her playing at 4pm on the afternoon of July 4. Half an hour later, a neighbour used a security key fob to release a gate she was trapped behind but she had suffered massive internal injuries.

At the earlier inquest into the death HSE expert witness Dr Anthony Wray told the court:

“There was no way the control could detect an obstruction and provide protection against that obstruction at full speed. It would have been impossible for the motor or the drive to detect the presence of a person.”

Counsel for HSE asked that any basis of plea from John Glen Installation should be submitted within a seven days and that the HSE have a further week to reply.

Lawyers for Tremorfa Ltd said it would not be taking issue with any of the facts being relied on by the prosecution.

Sentencing has been adjourned until June 12 and is expected to take at least a day.

 

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