Firms fined £300,000 for dangerous-drop oversight
Inspector Frain said: “When employees are working at height, proper plans must be in place and workers made aware of possible risks. In this case, Mr Grant had not been made aware of the dangerous drop where he was working. If he had been, a tragic incident could easily have been avoided.”
In mitigation, both companies said they immediately put in place arrangements to maintain the camera. Serco also revised its survey policy to ensure that those undertaking surveys are clear what they should be looking for, and why.
Asked what could have been done to manage the risks of a fall, inspector Frain said extra handrails could have been fixed on the wall, if necessary. However, more fundamental was the question of whether the camera needed to be there at all, and whether the risk could have been removed by having more cameras at different locations along the motorway.
The incident took five and a half years to get to court, largely because the original Police investigation looked at possible manslaughter charges. Three Serco employees were arrested during the investigation, although no charges were ever brought.
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