Wall collapse led to worker’s death
A north-east based company has been fined following the death of an employee after a wall collapsed on to him.
Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard how 43-year old Radcliffe, an employee of Mike Neesam & Son Limited, had been working on a toilet refurbishment project on Hall Hill Farm County Durham.
When he attempted to walk out of a shallow trench, he was struck and crushed by a collapsing wall weighing approximately 2.2 tonnes.
Mr Radcliffe died as result of crush injuries.
The HSE’s investigation nto the circumstances of the incident found the company had failed to take the appropriate measures to prevent structures from collapsing; it was found the wall in question was left unsupported at the time of the incident and put employees at risk of harm.
Mike Neesam & Son Limited of Coundon Industrial Estate, Bishop Auckland pleaded guilty of breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,928.28. A victim surcharge of £120 was also ordered.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector, Andrew Woodhall, said: “The company failed to identify the risks associated with free standing walls and as a result this ultimately cost Mr Ratcliffe his life.
“This tragic case should act as a reminder to all duty holders that appropriate safety measures need to be taken to protect employees at all times.”
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