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Construction company Laing O’Rourke and construction equipment supplier SGB Services have been fined £105,000 after an accident at Heathrow Airport in 2005 left one man dead and another seriously injured.

The accident happened when a concrete slab collapsed despite an earlier recall of defective equipment.

Both companies plead guilty to breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act.  The Health and Safety Executive investigation uncovered that the collapse of the concrete slab was due to the “catastrophic failure” of two threaded shoring adaptors, which were used to secure part of the temporary work structure.  The threaded shoring adaptors were part of a faulty batch which was manufactured by SGB Services.

The investigation also revealed that the Laing O’Rourke infrastructure failed to have adequate systems in place to inspect the quality and condition of the threaded shoring adaptors prior to using them.  They were also accused of failing to remove the sub-standard devices when told of their danger.

Thompsons solicitors take health and safety matters seriously.  If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of Health and Safety breaches then contact our specialist lawyers on 0800 0891331 for free legal advice.

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