Man crushed to death by badly stacked bricks
A Cheshire construction company has been ordered to pay nearly £400,000 after a young bricklayer was crushed to death by a stack of bricks.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Edgemere Projects Ltd of Tarporley, Cheshire, was the main contractor at a construction site in Wilmslow when on 7th January 2011, 23-year-old Andrew Dytiche sustained fatal crush injuries when a pack of bricks fell on him.
The subsequent investigation by the Health & Safety Executive found that the storage of materials was poorly organised and pallets used to store and move bricks around the site were also in poor condition.
Edgemere Projects Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) & 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It was fined £97,500 and ordered to pay an additional £300,000 costs.
HSE principal inspector Neil Jamieson said: “This was a tragic accident which could have been prevented had the company ensured that materials on the site were stored and stacked safely.”
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This article was published on 2 Feb 2016 (last updated on 2 Feb 2016).