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Heathrow crushing death: Laing O’Rourke fined £800,000

Construction company fined £800,000 following Heathrow crushing death

Health and Safety Executive v Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd (2017) Southwark Crown Court, March 24

Statutory reference: regulation 22 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM).

Ling O’Rourke Construction Ltd has been fined following the death of a worker in a crushing incident.

The facts

· In October 2014 Phillip Griffiths and his brother were trying to move a broken-down scissor lift on a service road at Heathrow Airport.

· Griffiths’ brother tried to tow the vehicle away, using a dumper truck. His foot was caught between the brake and the accelerator. The truck reversed and crushed Griffiths, causing fatal injuries.

· Neither worker had been authorised with the appropriate certificate to use the dumper truck. The operation had not been properly overseen or managed.

The decision

The company was fined £800,000 plus £10,000 costs under regulation 22 of CDM.

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