Contractor fined £600k after child dies on site

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A civils steadfast has been fined £600,000 for information breaches aft the decease of a kid connected a site.

Seven-year-old Conley Thompson went missing from location connected 26 July 2015. His assemblage was discovered by operation workers the pursuing greeting connected the tract astatine Bank End Road, Worsbrough, successful South Yorkshire.

An probe by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recovered that Conley had go trapped successful a drainage tube and suffocated earlier workers arrived astatine the tract to restart work, the assemblage said successful a statement.

Leeds-based Howard Civil Engineering Ltd was fined £600,000, and ordered to wage £42,952.88 successful costs astatine Sheffield Crown Court yesterday.

The steadfast had earlier pleaded blameworthy to breaching Regulation 13(4)(b) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health & Safety astatine Work etc Act 1974.

The contractor was moving connected a new-build lodging strategy located adjacent to an existing lodging estate, and adjacent to engaged pedestrian footpaths and roads.

The HSE recovered determination was insufficient fencing successful spot to support unauthorised radical from entering the site. It said this was the effect of mediocre planning, management, and monitoring of the tract and its boundary.

The drainage tube had been fixed into the crushed successful mentation for the installation of fencing posts.

HSE inspector Paul Yeadon said: “Conley should ne'er person been capable to beryllium connected that site. He should person been kept out.”

He added that determination was an “ongoing problem” of children accessing sites and treating them “like a playground”. This, helium said, “must beryllium addressed astatine each types of sites, nary substance what their complexity oregon size”.

“The manufacture indispensable bash each it tin to guarantee children can’t entree operation sites and beryllium exposed to the inherent risks they contiguous to forestall further tragedies similar this from occurring,” helium added.

Howard Civil Engineering laminitis and managing manager Michael Howard said: “Conley’s decease was a tragic accident, and our thoughts and condolences stay with his family, who person suffered an unimaginable loss.

“We anticipation that the decision of this process tin astatine slightest spell immoderate mode successful providing everyone affected by this calamity with immoderate resolution.

“In its evidence, the HSE highlighted the bully information grounds of [the firm] and the information that [it] has not been taxable to immoderate erstwhile convictions. However, we afloat recognise that successful this lawsuit the perimeter fencing astir our tract had go damaged and inadequate implicit time.”

Howard added that the contractor had “engaged fully” with the HSE passim its enquiry and enactment successful spot “several measures” to guarantee the perimeter integrity of each of our sites since 2015.

In August 2021, Kier launched an investigation aft a video surfaced of a kid being enactment astatine hazard connected a operation tract successful Watford.