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DEATH FOLLOWED POOR CONTRACTOR MANAGEMENT

Host company fined £600,000 after contractor fell from ladder

Bus company Go Ahead London has been sentenced after workman died when he fell from a ladder in May 2011.

Southwark Crown Court heard how the workman was using a ladder to access the top of a fuel tank when he fell 2.5m backwards, suffering fatal head injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to implement and keep to their own procedures for managing contractors.

As a result they failed to manage their contractors effectively and ensure that they conduct work in a safe manner.

Company should have managed contractors effectively

Go Ahead London of 41-51 Grey Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne have been found guilty of section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have been fined £600,000 and ordered to pay costs of £78,531.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Neil Fry said:

“This is a tragic case which could have been entirely preventable; if the company had managed their contractors effectively then the worker would have returned home safely from work.”

 

 

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