The death of a solicitor who was killed by half a tonne of window frames when they fell from a construction site in central London, could have been avoided if “straightforward” safety precautions had been taken, a trial has heard.
Amanda Telfer, 43, was crushed under the weight of three window frames while walking past a site on Hanover Square, Mayfair, in 2012.
Four individuals and three companies have pleaded not guilty at London’s Old Bailey to a total of 13 charges related to Ms Telfer’s death, which occurred on August 30, 2012 at 11.30am.
A ‘preventable’ death
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said the lawyer’s death could have been avoided if “obvious” steps to maintain health and safety regulations had been taken.
Mr Atkinson told the court: “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.”
Just days before the fatal incident, a member of the public had been involved in a “near miss”, when a a piece of plywood fell from the building, narrowly missing a passer-by, the court heard.
A ‘not guilty’ plea
Kelvin Adsett, 62, of New Road, Slough, Berkshire, 50-year-old Damian Lakin-Hall, of Portsmouth Road, Cobham in Surrey, and Claire Gordon, 36, of Ashby Crescent, Leeds, have all pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and charges relating to health and safety.
Steven Rogers, 62, of Sheering Mill Lane in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, denies a single charge of failure to take reasonable care for safety while acting as an employee of Westgreen Construction Limited.
Drawn Metal Ltd, of Leeds, IS Europe of Slough and Westgreen Construction, of Richmond, Surrey, also deny breaching health and safety regulations.
Source: The Guardian
Date Published: February 14, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown