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SECOND CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER CASE IN WEEK

Double fatality represented pattern of serious neglect

Martinisation (London) Ltd been convicted of the manslaughter of two workers who died after falling from a central the balcony of a block of flats in central London. The director of the firm, Martin Gutaj, was convicted of health and safety offences.

Both defendants denied corporate manslaughter and related health and safety offences but were both convicted of all charges following a trial at the Central Criminal Court. Sentencing will take place in due course.

During the trial the jury heard how Tomasz Procko, 22, and Karol Symanski, 29, fell to their deaths after the railings at the flat in Cadogan Square gave way in November 2014.

Appalling disregard for the safety

The men were involved in lifting a heavy sofa from the ground to the balcony using ropes with only the Victorian railings for safety.

Nick Vamos, from the CPS, said:

“Martinisation Ltd and its director Martin Gutaj showed an appalling disregard for the safety of their employees, with terrible consequences.

Sadly, this incident was entirely foreseeable and preventable. Neither was it an isolated breach. The evidence put forward by the prosecution clearly demonstrated to the jury how these tragic deaths were part of a pattern of serious neglect of basic health and safety.

Our thoughts are with the families of Tomasz and Karol.”

 

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