Construction company fined over near-death fall

The collapsed floor planks and steel beam that caused Mr Akinola's injuries Credit: Health & Safety Executive

A Surrey construction company has been ordered to pay a hundred and sixty thousand pounds in fines and costs after a worker narrowly escaped death when he was caught in a collapse of nine tonnes of steel and concrete.

Bola Akinola fell more than four metres when steelwork supporting concrete floor planks failed, causing the material to collapse, at a site in Westerham, Kent on 9 May 2009.

Mr Akinola, from Littlehampton, suffered life-changing injuries including multiple fractures to his pelvis, leg and arm.

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which prosecuted Esher-based Landmark Groundworks Ltd for serious safety breaches.