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Firms fined over university death

A carpenter died when a large slab of concrete fell on him during construction of a new accommodation block at Bath University.

Philip Hames, of Weston-super-Mare, was working for Creagh Concrete Products on the University’s Claverton Down Campus when he adjusted a metal prop without realising it was securing a concrete plank above him.

The concrete plank dropped onto Mr Hames, killing him instantly and narrowly missing a co-worker. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the 1 November 2007 incident and has now brought a prosecution against Creagh.

The court heard the designs produced by Creagh Concrete Products Ltd. failed to communicate to workers the nature of the expansion joint. In adjusting the prop, Mr. Hames inadvertently destabilised the asymmetric beam the plank was resting on.

Creagh Concrete Products Ltd. of Blackpark Road, Toomebridge, County Antrim was found guilty of a breach of Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £100,000 and costs of £140,000 at Bristol Crown Court.


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