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Builders fined £75k for passer-by death

Brighton-based building firm PIB (UK) and two of its directors have been fined £75,000 by Lewes Crown Court after it caused the death of a member of the public by failing to secure a construction site.

Edward Dean, 24, wandered into the construction site during the night after being out with friends in June 2008. He fell around 2.5m to his death after tripping over an unprotected ledge and was not found until later that morning.

Pleading guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, PIB was ordered to pay a £30,000 fine and £6,500 in costs.

Director John Blankson, 55, who was also the project client, was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £3,465 costs.

Steven Moore, 44, was fined £30,000, with costs of £6,500, and was disqualified from being a director of any firm for five years.