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Firms fined £30k for Salford death

HSE prosecutions followed fatal 2004 accident

Published on September 13th 2010.


Firms fined £30k for Salford death

Fines totalling £30,000 have been issued following the death of a Salford worker, who was struck by the excavator bucket on a digger.

John Cain, 36, died from his injuries after he was hit by the bucket whilst working on a demolition project at the Albert Park Inn in Salford in November 2004.

The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted two men and one company for health and safety offences, following an investigation into his death.

Business partners Barry Godliman and Robert Watson, principal contractors on the site, and Manchester-based Windmill Demolition Company Ltd, a subcontractor hired to carry out the demolition work were sentenced at Manchester Crown Court last week.

Godliman and Watson pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 by failing to ensure the safety of workers on the site, and both were fined £7,500 and ordered to pay £2,000 costs.

Windmill Demolition was found guilty of the same offence following a trial in July. The company was fined £15,000 with no costs.

Karen Doran, John Cain's ex-partner and the mother of his three daughters, said: "It's been very hard for the children coping with what happened as they're still very young. It's been like an open wound.

“I just hope the prosecution will send a message out to companies that they cannot get away with ruining people's lives."

HSE Inspector Stuart Kitchingman said: “This case demonstrates how important it is for contractors to be aware of their health and safety duties, especially when there are several companies working on a project.

“Barry Godliman and Robert Watson were the principal contractors on the site and so should have made sure all work was carried out safely. Windmill Demolition had been hired to oversee and carry out the demolition work, and so had responsibilities for managing safety as well.

“I hope this case will encourage construction companies to do more to manage health and safety on sites effectively.”

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NortherngeezerSeptember 13th 2010.

Is that all a life is worth, 30k?.
There's no excuse for not providing an employee with a safe place of work, we all expect to go home after our 8 hours.

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