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Fatal site 'worst' inspector had seen

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THREE developers and a builder were fined £100,000 at the Old Bailey this week for a fatality at a site, which a health and safety inspector described as 'one of the worst'he had seen.

Construction worker Jason Lesaux, 37, fell three floors to his death at a refurbishment job in west London in February 2004.

He plunged through a hole cut so that materials could be raised up through the building, where no edge protection was installed.

A prohibition notice was slapped on the development after inspectors found several other danger areas.

Jeremy, Simon and Anne Freeman all pleaded guilty to offences under CDM regulations and contractor David Mitchinson pleaded guilty of breaching health and safety laws.

HSE inspector Kevin Shorten said: 'This is one of the worst sites I have ever seen.

Small sites are the most dangerous and it is important that the contractor is sufficiently resourced to comply with safety regulations.'

The four were ordered to pay a total of £40,000 in costs.