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Geoconsult loses fine appeal

GEOCONSULT THIS week failed to get the Court of Appeal to overturn the £500,000 fine resulting from its part in the Heathrow Express tunnel collapse.

The court had earlier refused the Austrian ground engineering firm leave to appeal against the guilty verdict handed down after the Health & Safety Executive's prosecution.

Geoconsult chairman Professor Johann Golser said that the firm would meet its lawyers in London to discuss the outcome of the failed appeal attempts in the next two weeks.

Geoconsult and Balfour Beatty were found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of their employees and others following the 1994 collapse.

Geoconsult was fined £500,000 and Balfour Beatty £1.2M for their parts in the disaster (NCE 18 February 1999). Both were also ordered to pay £100,000 towards costs.

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