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Company fined after construction worker's death

Sat, 30 Jul 2016


A risk assessment carried out on a construction site where a worker died in 2013 has been dubbed "completely inadequate".
 
That's according to the Isle of Man's Health and Safety Inspectorate which compiled a report following the death of 55-year-old Gareth Sowden in May of that year. 
 
He died from crush injuries at a sewerage treatment site in Kirk Michael - a container fell over trapping him underneath. 
 
Sewerage company Tuke and Bell Ltd later pleaded guilty to the health and safety breach of failing to discharge duty - at Douglas Courthouse this week the company was fined £24,000 and ordered to pay £6,000 in costs. 
 
Sentencing the company Deemster Birkett said he was satisfied "lessons have been learned" describing it as a "tragic accident". 
 
JCK Limited - which had been charged with the same offence - was cleared of causing his death last month after standing trial.
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