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Avon Bridge pair fined £15,000


KVAERNER Cleveland Bridge and Costain Civil Engineering have been fined a total of £15,000 for health and safety breaches on the M5 Avon Bridge at Shirehampton, Bristol.

The prosecutions followed a Health and Safety Executive investigation into an incident in April when a length of box section steelwork fell 30 m from the deck of the bridge and landed on to a grass verge at the side of the A4 below.

The steel landed between the road and pavement narrowly missing passing motorists and pedestrians using the footway and crossing.

Both companies pleaded guilty at Bristol Magistrates'Court last week to a single charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act.