Unguarded pit ’caused death of labourer’

Building contractors have been reminded that they face fines and injury compensation claims if they do not provide a safe working environment after the death of a labourer in Wembley.

Chris Byrne was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after hiring a 21-year-old labourer, who had a limited knowledge of English and was instructed to fill earth into a water-filled pit.

He was left alone and was later found drowned in the unguarded pit with water up to his waist.

"The labourer had little experience and was left alone with an excavation pit that wasn’t properly guarded," commented HSE inspector Monica Babb.

"His death was clearly avoidable as the risks of excavations and falling from height is well known."

It follows news that a road maintenance company has been fined GBP 65,000 after a motorist died when his car collided with an unlit contractor’s vehicle parked on the hard shoulder of the M6.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19521629-ADNFCR

Unguarded pit ’caused death of labourer’

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