A company has been fined after a worker was crushed to death on one of its construction sites.
CMF Ltd was charged and found guilty after sub-contractor Richard Laco, 31, died.
Crushed by concrete stairs
He was working on a large construction project in London when the accident at work happened, Southwark Crown Court heard.
Mr Laco had been hired by CMF to work on the Frances Crick Institute project. But during work on November 6, 2013 a concrete staircase fell on him as it was being installed and fatally crushed him.
It was revealed by a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation that during the whole project, there had been no safe system of work for the installation of such staircases.
The investigation also revealed that the company had not appropriately supervised this work activity.
Planning ‘could have prevented death’
Middlesex-based CMF Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It was fined £185,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,606.14.
HSE Inspector Stephen Farthing said: “This incident could have been prevented if the company had properly planned the lifting process before work had begun.
“Duty holders have the responsibility of ensuring that safe and suitable lifting plans are in place before carrying out any work involved with heavy loads.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: May 8, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown