Building firm fined £900,000 after fatal wall collapse

On 2nd June 2015, bricklayer Thomas Telfer was working as an employee of Capstone Building Ltd, when he was struck by falling masonry. A retaining wall failed as it was being back filled with concrete.

An investigation by the HSE found that the company had failed to appropriately manage the work that was being carried out at the site at Chatterton Heights, Lyme Regis and failed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees on site, including Thomas Telfer.

Capstone building Limited, which is now in administration, were found guilty after a trial to breaching Section 2 and Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 and were fined £900,000 plus costs of £60,336.99.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Ian Whittles said, “This tragic incident could so easily have been avoided if the appropriate measures were in place to provide a safe working practice. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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