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BRICKLAYER DIED UNDER FALLING PACK OF BRICKS

Poorly organised materials storage and damaged brick pallets

Edgemere Projects Ltd of Cheshire has been ordered to pay almost £500,000 in fines and prosecution costs following a fatal accident in 2011 at a site in Wilmslow in January 2011.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that the company was the main contractor on the construction project when Andrew Dytiche, aged 23, sustained fatal crush injuries as a pack of bricks fell on him.

HSE investigators found that storage of materials was poorly organised and that the pallets used to store and move bricks around the site were in poor condition.

Safe storage and stacking essential

Edgemere Projects Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) & 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £97,500 with £300,000 costs.

HSE Principal Inspector Neil Jamieson said:

“This was a tragic accident which could have been prevented had the company ensured that materials on the site were stored and stacked safely”.

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