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Fatal crushing incident on London construction site: CMF Ltd fined £185,000

Fatal crushing incident: company fined £185,000

Health and Safety Executive v CMF Ltd (2017) Southwark Crown Court, April 21

Statutory reference: s.3 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc., Act 1974 (HSWA).

CMF Ltd has been fined following the death of a subcontractor.

The facts

· Richard Laco was subcontracted by CMF to work on a large construction site in London. In November 2013 he was crushed by a concrete staircase which was being installed. He suffered fatal injuries.

· There was no safe system of work in place for the installation of the staircase. The company had failed to appropriately supervise the work.

The decision

CMF Ltd was fined £185,000 plus £20,000 costs under s.3, HSWA, for failing to ensure the health and safety of non-employees.

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