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    TRIAL: PASSER-BY KILLED BY FALLING FRAMES

    Three managers deny gross negligence manslaughter charges

    The Evening Standard has reported that three construction project managers have denied charges of gross negligence manslaughter at the Old Bailey.

    The court has heard how passing member of the public Amanda Telfer, aged 43, died when window frames, weighing around 665kg, fell and struck her in London during renovation work on ground floor premises.

    For the Crown, Duncan Atkinson QC said those in charge of the construction site did not take reasonable steps to make the area safe for pedestrians passing, adding that:

    “No efforts had been made to secure them to prevent them from falling, nor had any barrier been placed around them to protect members of the public using this busy central London thoroughfare.”

    Construction site manager Damian Lakin-Hall, project manager Claire Gordon, and supervisor Kelvin Adsett are accused of gross negligence manslaughter and failure to take reasonable care for safety while at work. Senior contracts manager Steve Rogers is accused of a failure to take reasonable care for safety while at work.

    I S Europe Ltd, Westgreen Construction Ltd and Drawn Metal Ltd are all accused of health and safety breaches.

    All the accused deny the charges against them and the trial continues.

     

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