Building contractor fined for serious safety breaches

A building contractor has been fined after an employee was killed when a piece of cob walling that was being demolished by his son fell on him.

Alaister Copland, trading as Do it Al, was fined a total of GBP 10,000 and ordered to pay compensation to the family of GBP 2,390 at Dorchester Crown Court after a successful Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution.

Jamie Ford and his father Stephen were working under the control of Do It Al to demolish a barn in Winterbourne Houghton when a piece of the wall, which Jamie was demolishing, came down and hit his father Stephen on the head.

The HSE investigation found neither man was wearing a hard hat and Stephen, of Poole, died of his injuries at the scene.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector, Helena Tinton, said: “This is a tragic case which clearly demonstrates the dangers of carrying out demolition work without suitable planning.”

She explained that there were multiple safety failings in the project, as there were no plans in place for the work, it was not supervised and neither men were wearing protective equipment.

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