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£200,000 fine for deaths contractor

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DEMOLITION CONTRACTOR Keltbray has been fined £200,000 for failing to ensure the safety of two workers who died after falling eight floors.

The accident happened in Gresham Street, City of London, 19 months ago. The two men died after falling through the hole they were breaking out of the floor slab on the eighth storey. They had already broken out holes on the floors directly below to facilitate the disposal of demolition waste.

At this week's sentencing at Southwark Crown Court the judge said Keltbray's own safety assessment had shown the accident was waiting to happen.

Keltbray immediately released a statement saying it was disappointed at the level of fine and would lodge an appeal.

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