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Contractor fined £185,000 over fatality at Francis Crick Institute

A contractor working at Laing O’Rourke’s £600m Francis Crick Institute has been fined £185,000 after a worker was fatally injured at the site.

Southwark Crown Court has ordered CMF Ltd to pay £185,000 in fines and £20,606 in costs after the incident in November 2013, in which worker Richard Laco was crushed by a concrete staircase. Mr Laco was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found there was no safe system of work in place for the installation of the staircases throughout the project.

It also found that CMF failed to appropriately supervise the work in question.

CMF Ltd, of Central Way, Feltham, pleaded guilty to breaching section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Speaking after the hearing, 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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