Two firms fined over Heathrow collapse

Two construction companies have been fined after one man was killed and another severely injured in a collapse at Heathrow Airport four years ago.

Laing O’Rourke Infrastructure and SGB Services have been fined a total of GBP 105,000 over an incident in 2005 in which two men were standing on a concrete slab that collapsed, plunging 17 metres to the floor below.

The surviving worker, Parminder Singh, received GBP 270,000 in injury compensation earlier in the year after sustaining a broken leg and damage to his back, jaw and teeth.

"The tragic death of one man and the serious injuries suffered by his colleague could have been prevented if both companies had had more robust systems in place," commented Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Karen Morris.

Construction companies were recently warned that they face injury compensation claims if they fail to ensure workplace safety, after a Liverpool scaffolder suffered back injuries in a six-metre fall.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19450216-ADNFCR

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