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Company fined after worker died as a result of a wall collapse

Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Radcliffe an employee of Mike Neesam & Son 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.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the circumstances of this tragic incident found the company 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 has today pleaded guilty of breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The company has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5928.28. A victim surcharge of £120 was also ordered.

Added: 28-07-2017
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