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Construction companies fined £200,000 after accident at work kills man

Two companies have been fined over £200,000 after health and safety breaches resulted in a serious accident at work.

One man died whilst another suffered life-changing personal injuries at Heathrow’s new Terminal 5, where they were working on the construction of a new multi-storey car park.

It was revealed that the Threading Shoring Adaptors (TSA’s), which are used to secure parts of a construction, had previously been recalled due to them being defective. However, they were given the go-ahead to be used anyway.

This subsequently caused the collapse of concrete blocks, which were not supported appropriately, and caused accident at work injuries to those working there at the time.

Matthew Gilbert, 27 died in the collapse, whilst Parminder Singh, 21 suffered a broken back, leg and jaw after they fell 17 metres when the concrete slab collapsed from below their feet.

Laing O’Rourke Infrastructure Limited, who were managing the construction site, were fined heavily for breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. They failed to inspect the TSA’s and did not have appropriate measures in place to do so. They were ordered to pay £150,000 overall in fines and costs.

The company who allowed the use of the TSA’s, SGB Services Ltd, must pay £60,000 after admitting a further breach – Section 6(1c) of the Act. The company supplied the same sub-standard TSA’s twice – in 2003 and 2005, which resulted in the eventual accident.

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