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Carillion and Febrey fined £130k over death of scaffolder

Contractor Carillion and structural engineering firm Febrey were sentenced on Friday after a worker died from a fall at a Swansea building site in 2008.

Self-employed Russell Samuel was contracted by Febrey working as a scaffolder on site. Swansea Crown Court heard he was dismantling a scaffold ladder access platform ready for the installation of the roof and staircase on the fourth floor, when he fell approximately 19m to the ground below, narrowly missing carpenter Raymond Haines, who was working directly below.

Mr Samuel, 40, suffered multiple injuries during his fall, including a fractured skull. He was taken to Morriston Hospital but died two days later on 24 January 2008.

Both firms pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety breaches regulations. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that Febrey had inadequate health and safety arrangements. The firm’s management team did not have adequate health and safety training despite repeated warnings by health and safety consultants.

The investigation also found Carillion – as principal contractor – was made aware of the failing of safety management at Febery but failed to gain improvement.

Both firms pleaded guilty to breaching sections 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work act 1974. Carillion was fined a total of £130,000 plus £52,500 in costs. The judge said Febrey would have been fined £250,000, but has gone into liquidation so was fined a total of £85

“There were recurrent indicators that should have alerted Carillion to Febrey’s persistent and systematic failures throughout the whole project,” said HSE inspector Anne-Marie Orrells.

“Yet Carillion failed to adequately address Febrey’s significant failings. As the principal contractor on site, Carillion had a clear duty to plan, manage and monitor the construction work.”

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