Dorset contractor sentenced over worker death

HSE logoA building contractor has been fined over serious safety breaches after a worker was killed by a piece of falling cob wall being demolished by his son.

Two agency workers Jamie Ford 24 and his father, Stephen Ford, 50, were working under the control of Do It All to demolish a barn at Dunbury Farmhouse in Winterbourne Houghton near Blandford in November 2008.

The court heard no plan of work for the demolition was in place and Alaister Copland had no experience in demolition work of this kind. The HSE Inspector said that "This is a tragic case which clearly demonstrates the dangers of carrying out demolition work without suitable planning".

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