Trench death brings Balfour Beatty second seven-figure fine this year
6th May 2016
On 14 April 2010 a subcontractor, James Sim, was working in the 2.4 m-deep unshored trench, laying cable ducting for an offshore windfarm that was being built off the Lancashire coast. Sim was trapped in the trench when it collapsed on him.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Balfour Beatty failed to adequately assess the works or control the excavation.