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Platform death brings charge of unlawful killing

NEWS - Ludlow man in court over death of construction worker

A MAN is due to appear in court today (Thursday) charged with unlawful killing and five breaches of health and safety laws after a construction worker died when he plunged to the ground from a mobile platform in February.

Wayne Davies, 34, from Ludlow, Shropshire, is due to appear at Stafford Crown Court for a preliminary plea and directions hearing.A second man arrested in connection with the incident was later released without charge.

Mark Jones,41, from Powys suffered serious head injuries after he fell 10 m from the basket of a telescopic materials handler onto tarmac when the vehicle overturned.

He was airlifted to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham but later died.

Mr Jones was working on the job to construct a steel-framed building at Hill Farm, in Kinver, Staffordshire, for A & E Buildings.

A second man also suffered leg injuries in the incident.

Thomas McNulty, 23, also died after he fell 4 m from scaffolding at Severn Trent Water's sewage treatment plant in Minsterley near Shrewsbury in Shropshire last Thursday.

A spokesperson for West Midlands ambulance service said it is thought he was working at the entrance to an underground chamber when he fell.The man who was employed by Bell Contractors was pronounced dead at the scene.

Experienced slinger Peter Hastings, 60, also died when he lost his balance and was struck on the head by a steel beam on a site in Spalding, Lincolnshire on August 19.

He was working for Terrance Pine Plant at the project to build a steel-frame storage unit extension to existing commercial premises owned by T S Bowman and Son.

The Health and Safety Executive and the police have launched a joint investigation.

A construction worker who was killed when the van he was sitting in was crushed by a 25-tonne tipper truck which toppled over has been named as David Donovan.

Mr Donovan, 38, was employed by Wrekin Construction and was sitting in the passenger seat of the transit van when it was crushed.The driver of the van managed to escape with minor injuries.

It is understood Mr Donovan was working on a job to extend the Gornal Wood crematorium in Lower Gornal, near Dudley, when the incident happened.