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Brick pack fall brings Cheshire contractor £400k penalty

A Cheshire construction company has paid almost £400,000 for poor materials handling after a fatal accident in 2011.

Edgemere Projects of Tarporley, Cheshire, was principal contractor at a construction site in Wilmslow when a pack of bricks fell on 23 year-old Andrew Dytiche on 7 January 2011. Dytiche sustained fatal crush injuries.

HSE inspector found materials storage at the site was badly organised and pallets used to store and move bricks were also in poor condition.

Edgemere Projects pleaded guilty to charges of failing to protect employees and contractors under Sections 2(1) & 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £97,500 plus £300,000 prosecution costs.

“This was a tragic accident which could have been prevented had the company ensured that materials on the site were stored and stacked safely,” said HSE principal inspector Neil Jamieson said.




Louis Wustemann is former editor, IOSH Magazine. He was previously editor of Health and Safety at Work magazine and Environment in Business. He has written, edited and consulted on health and safety, environmental and employment matters for more than 25 years.

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