Contractor CMF Ltd fined £200k after worker crushed to death

CMF Ltd has been fined more than £200,000 after a 31-year-old sub-contractor was crushed to death while working on London's Frances Crick Institute project more than three years ago.

Richard Laco had been contracted by CMF to work on the construction site on November 6, 2013 but was fatally crushed when a concrete staircase that was being installed was dropped.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was no safe system of work in place for the installation of the staircases throughout this project. It was also found the company failed to appropriately supervise this work activity.

CMF Ltd of Central Way, Feltham, Middlesex pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and has been fined £185,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,606.14.

HSE inspector Stephen Farthing said: “This incident could have been prevented if the company had properly planned the lifting process before work had begun.

“Duty holders have the responsibility of ensuring that safe and suitable lifting plans are in place before carrying out any work involved with heavy loads.”

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