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