Companies face safety charges following immigration centre death
Friday 7th April 2017
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Ghanaian national Prince Kwabena Fosu was found dead on the concrete floor of his cell in Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre on 30 October 2012 -- six days after he arrived.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced it has authorised criminal charges against GEO Group UK, which managed Harmondsworth at the time of the incident, and Nestor Primecare Services, which was responsible for its health services under contract to GEO. Both companies are alleged to have breached s 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Fosu was arrested after he was found naked in the street. He was sent to Harmondsworth after a check on his immigration status found he had been staying in the UK illegally after his visa had expired.
Deborah Cole, director of Inquest, a charity focused on deaths in custody or detention, said: "We hope this trial will shine a spotlight on the closed world of immigration detention, the treatment and standards of care of detainees, staff training and culture.
"It will also afford much needed scrutiny on the privatisation of detention services and how multi-national companies are held to account when people die in their care."
The device, which is a common feature on trams across the UK and Europe, is designed to activate when the driver fails to maintain pressure on the lever that increases the tram’s speed. To pick up speed, drivers have to apply 0.68 kg of pressure on the lever. If the pressure is not maintained, an alarm should sound and an emergency brake be applied.
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If Electricity North West had planned the operation properly and supervised the safe clearance of the ivy, 63-year-old John Flowers would not have needed to use a ladder to climb the wooden pole to cut away the vegetation. It is believed that, trying to chop through the heavy plant growth, Flowers accidentally severed a lanyard securing his harness to the pole and fell around 6 m.
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