Construction companies need to pay more attention to public safety, according to the parents of a woman killed by falling windows.
Amanda Telfer, 43, was killed when the stack of large unglazed frames fell over as she walked past a building site in Mayfair’s Hanover Square.
While members of the public tried to lift them off her, Ms Telfer could not be saved. She was pronounced dead at the scene in August 2012.
Convictions for companies and individuals
While four people and three separate companies denied responsibility for the accident, along with denying 13 charges relating to the tragic death, a jury has found Kelvin Adsett, supervisor at IS Europe Limited, guilty of manslaughter and breaching health and safety.
IS Europe Limited was also found guilty of two health and safety breaches, while Damian Lakin-Hall, an employee of Westgreen Construction Limited, was convicted of failing to take reasonable care of safety whilst at work.
Ms Telfer’s parents, Barry and Ann Telfer, said: “If construction companies and the people who work for them are not held to account for such high levels of negligence and incompetence, then none of us is safe walking the streets next to construction sites.”
No barriers in place
The frames had been left leaning up against a wall after being delivered the previous day, before the site was ready for their installation, the court heard.
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said the frames had been seen moving in the wind, prompting concern from the public they might fall into the busy central London street.
A member of the public had almost been hit in a “near-miss” at the site just days before the fatal accident, the court heard.
Mr Atkinson said: “There were a series of obvious and, in many cases, straightforward steps that could have been taken to avoid that risk, ranging from cancellation, delay, refusal of delivery on the one hand, to the storage, the use of straps and barriers. None were taken by any of the defendants and Amanda Telfer died as a result.”
Despite work being “routinely carried out” on the pavement, with equipment stored in public overnight, there was no barrier to separate this area from the public.
Source: The Sun
Date Published: April 4, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown