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£10,000 fine for construction death

The death of a construction-site labourer has resulted in a plumber and sole trader being fined £10,000 with £3,230 costs for health and safety breaches.

Ajet Krasniqi, 24, was killed by a falling steel joist in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, on a house refurbishment project being run by Leonard Gibson, of Old Park Ridings in Enfield.

Mr Krasniqi had been employed by Mr Gibson as a labourer to help with the complete refurbishment of the property.

In October 2006, Mr Krasniqi was helping to lift the joist with four others when it fell and struck him on the head. He was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Nicola Surrey reports: “This tragic incident could have been prevented if the employer had made sure his workers were not left exposed to unnecessary risks.

“There is plenty of advice and guidance available from the HSE to help people comply with the law and keep workers safe. However, for those who fall short of the law, the HSE will not hesitate to take action.”

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