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Company fined more than £250,000 following hospital construction site death

Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford Credit: PA Images

A London firm has been ordered to pay more than £250,000 for safety failings after a worker was killed by a large concrete beam during a dangerous lifting operation in strong winds at a hospital construction site in Essex.

Guilherme de Oliveira, 44, from Portugal, sustained fatal crush injuries in the incident at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford on 10 November 2008.

Bouygues UK Ltd, the principal contractor for an extension project at the hospital, was sentenced today (26 February) after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identified serious safety breaches in their lifting operations.

HSE concluded that there was inadequate planning and supervision of the work. Had a suitable management procedure been in place and followed there would have been the opportunity to properly consider the deteriorating weather conditions and then take the tower cranes out of operation.

Bouygues UK Ltd was fined £175,000 and ordered to pay £80,000 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 8 of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations.