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Laing O'Rourke fined £135k over newlywed death

Laing O’Rourke was today told it should be “thoroughly ashamed” as it was fined £135,000 over the death of a newlywed worker almost five years ago.

Keiron Deeney, 25, died in August 2004 when he fell more than 9m through a hole in the floor which had not been covered over at the £55 million Discovery Dock scheme in east London.

The Old Bailey heard Mr Deeney, originally from Ireland, had been married for just 13 weeks when the incident occurred.

Laing O’Rourke pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act.

In handing down his ruling, judge Richard Hone warned the construction giant that it must eliminate a “casual attitude to risk” that existed on sites.

He said: “The whole company from top to bottom should feel thoroughly ashamed for this needless death.”

The court heard a similar incident had happened at one of the company’s sites in Wales just months earlier.

A Laing O’Rourke spokesperson said: “This case saw a tragic loss of life of a young husband and of course no amount of money can bring him back.

“As with all accidents lessons can be learned and this case reinforces our determination to ensure that every individual, on all of our sites, takes personal responsibility for safety. The primary focus of the company is for everyone to get home safely every day.”

In addition to the fine, the group was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £18,313.10.