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Firms fined


McNicholas plc and Harrow firm Instalcom were fined a total of £37,500 at the Old Bailey this week for the death of a pedestrian killed during roadworks in September 2001. Both firms pleaded guilty to a single charge under health and safety law for the death of Zafoora Begum. She was struck and killed by a reversing lorry operated by Instalcom in Gants Hill, Essex.