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Companies fined £300,000 for Bristol man's death on motorway

01-08-2011

Cecil Grant, 42, from Southmead, Bristol, was repairing CCTV cameras used to monitor one lane of the M5 during the night of 24 January 2006 when he fell 12 metres, suffering serious injuries. He was taken to hospital and died of his injuries ten days later.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Mr Grant's employers Serco Ltd, of Bartley Wood Business Park, Hook, Hampshire, and principal contractor, Birse Civils Ltd of Grimstone Grane, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, for failing to protect Mr Grant.

Serco Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Regulation 11(i)(a) Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999. It was fined a total of £200,000 (£100,000 on each charge) and ordered to pay costs of £36,186.

Birse Civils Ltd, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(i)(a) Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999. It was fined £100,000 with costs of £180,093.

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