Site supervisor Kelvin Adsett has been jailed for a year after he was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter. This was after three window frames, that were left unrestrained and unprotected, fell killing a pedestrian passing by.
Forty-three-year-old Amanda Telfer was walking past the site when the frames fell. Unfortunately, this resulted in her being crushed and killed at the scene by the heavy frames.
The supervisor of the site was consequently placed on trial. There, he was found guilty of manslaughter and breaching health and safety regulations. The judge stated that the supervisor had shown “reckless disregard” for a situation that was potentially life threatening.
He continued: “your actions contributed to the wholly needless and untimely death of Amanda Telfer.”
The supervisor’s defence did, however, argue that Adsett’s life had been “destroyed” as the result of the incident. However, the court also heard that another member of the public had almost been hit as well in a “near miss” that took place a few days earlier. Therefore, the prosecution argued that a “clear and serious risk of death” was caused.
Alongside Adsett, site manager Damian Lakin-Hall was also handed a six-month suspended sentence too for failing to take “reasonable care of safety while at work.”
The firm was to also be fined an additional £100,000 in response to the incident. However, due to the company’s “dormant” nature, they only had £250 in the bank and consequently, a fine of this amount was given.
Outside of the court, the victim’s parents stated that they hoped that this case would positively impact the industry by changing the “casual approach” it has towards health and safety.
Another construction boss was also recently jailed after he was convicted of cheating HMRC out of £350,000. Take a look at the full report here.
So what do you think? Should more be done about safety on site? Let us know what you think in the comments below.