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Fatal incident highlights importance of construction signs

15th February 2010 | Construction Signs

An accident which resulted in the death of a worker has illustrated the need to use construction signs.

Two demolition companies have been fined a total of £115,000 after a labourer at a site in Paddington, London, was hit by a falling steel prop and received fatal injuries in July 2005.

Essex-based John F Hunt Demolition Ltd and Bayoak Demo Ltd of London both pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches at the Old Bailey as a result of the accident, which highlights the importance of using precautions such as construction signs.

Giles Meredith, an inspector with the Health and Safety Executive, commented: "There are lessons to be learned both about the importance of carrying out detailed surveys and also about making sure that the right people are consulted at the right time."

Meanwhile, Carillion JM Ltd, of Birch Street in Wolverhampton, has been fined £185,000 following an incident in which an employee was killed by a reversing truck at a site in Rochdale in November 2008, highlighting the importance of using construction signs.

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