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    MINI DIGGER PULLED OVER BUILDING EDGE

    Demo firm fined over fatal fall of plant and operator from building

    Euro Dismantling Solutions Limited has been fined for safety failings after a workman died during demolition works near Bristol in 2011

    Bristol Crown Court heard (1st July)  how demolition work was taking place at the former chocolate factory on 9 November 2011 when 31-year-old James Stacey and the mini digger he was driving fell from a fourth floor opening in the building.

    He was using the opening as part of a ‘drop zone’ to drop large fibre glass tanks (which had been cut in half) to the ground below. The opening was not properly protected to prevent the machine falling from the building and the tank became “stuck on the digger” and pulled the vehicle over the edge with the tank.

    Site supervisor also prosecuted and convicted

    Euro Dismantling Solutions Limited (now in liquidation) pleaded guilty to Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 on Wednesday 1 July after they failed to ensure the safety of James Stacey whilst carrying out demolition work. The company was were fined £80,000.

    Site Supervisor, Paul Ben Priestley (54) was also charged under Section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after failing to take reasonable care. He denied the charges but was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on 21 May 2015 and was given an 18 month custodial sentence, suspended for two years and was fined £7,500.

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