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Death at Hampstead site leads to prosecution

02-02-2012

A construction company and director have been fined following the death of a worker at a site in Hampstead.

Father-of-one, Craig Page, of Islington, was working on a building site in Denning Road, when a mini-crawler crane was in the process of lifting a skip onto the site.

The skip, containing liquid concrete, overturned and the boom of the crane struck Mr Page, 26, causing crush injuries to his upper body. He died at the scene.

Harris Calnan Construction Co. Ltd and its director, Neil Harris, were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for breaching health and safety legislation.

The HSE investigation showed the company failed to properly plan or supervise lifting operations on the site.

Harris Calnan Construction Co. Ltd, of Parmenter House, Tower Street, Winchester, pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 8(1)(c) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. It was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £66,244.

The firm's director, Neil Harris, of the same address, pleaded guilty by virtue of Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to regulation 8(1)(a) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. He was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay costs of £25,000.

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