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Contractors fined £37,000 for fatal M2 collision

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FOUR CONTRACTORS were last week fined a total of £37,000 for failing to ensure the safety of those not in their employment.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) brought the prosecution against Costain, Skanska, Mowlem and Ovenden Earthmoving following a fatal road accident during the widening of the M2 motorway in Kent in November 2001.

The A229 slip road at Buckmore Park near Chatham was found to have become contaminated with mud from the site access to the M2 project.

This contributed to a collision between two vehicles on the A229 in which one of the drivers died.

The contractors all pleaded guilty to a breach of duties under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

Ovenden Earthmoving was fined £16,000 and £2,740 costs. The others were each fined £7,000 and £910 costs.

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