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    BRICKLAYER FATALLY INJURED BY FALLING WALL

    Masonry collapsed during concrete back filling operation

    A building company, now in administration, has been fined £900,000 after an employee died from head injuries sustained when a wall collapsed on a construction site in Lyme Regis, Dorset in June 2015.

    Bournemouth Crown Court heard how bricklayer Thomas Telfer was struck by falling masonry after a retaining wall failed as it was being back filled with concrete.

    Director found not guilty of charges

    An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that the company failed to appropriately manage the work that was being carried out at the construction site and thereby failed to ensure the safety of employees.

    • Capstone building Limited – was found guilty after a trial to breaching Section 2 and Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 and the company was fined £900,000 and ordered to pay costs of £60,336.99.

    The sole director of the company was found not guilty of the same charges.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Ian Whittles said:

    “This tragic incident could so easily have been avoided if the appropriate measures were in place to provide a safe working practice.

    Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

     

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