Construction firm fined GBP 250,000 following death of worker

A Hackney-based construction firm has been fined GBP 250,000 after a 25-year-old employee died while at work.

Mason and plasterer Balwinder Kumar fell from scaffolding while he was re-pointing brickwork on a building in Croydon on February 24th, 2005.

He died in hospital on March 1st, 2005 from the severe head injuries he sustained in the first storey fall.

Regentford Ltd, of Rookwood Road, was ordered to pay the six-figure sum and costs of GBP 71,603.01 after being convicted of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974.

Video footage filmed for a documentary was used as evidence in the trial.

Nigel Evans, inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), said: "The footage from the documentary crew showed that the scaffolding was totally inadequate for the job in hand."

Such evidence could also have been used by any member of the workforce seeking injury compensation sustained due to the company’s failings.

One person who is seeking injury compensation, of GBP 300,000, is Tara Butterfill who is now permanently disabled due to a road accident in 2007, the Argus reported recently.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19716224-ADNFCR

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