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Avonmouth Bridge

Contractors linked with the fatal Avonmouth Bridge gantry collapse 21 months ago are due to appear at Bristol Crown Court on 6 July. Costain, main contractor for the £125M Avonmouth Bridge strengthening, and subcontractor Yarm Road (formerly Kvaerner Cleveland Bridge), are being prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive for alleged breaches of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. Four workers carrying out bridge strengthening and runway beam replacement were killed on 8 September 1999, when the suspended gantry from which they were working collapsed, spilling them to the ground.

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