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£25 a day ,A Wage to die for.

Discussion in 'Safety Issues' started by stock, Aug 11, 2009.

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    Teenage manslaughter trial resumes
    An Old Bailey trial resumed today (13 July) after a 15-year-old boy was killed by a falling wall during building work in north London.

    Adam Gosling died instantly from massive head injuries in April 2007 after he had been ordered to prop up the wall along with his 18 year old brother Dean who watched him die.

    Builders Colin Holtom and Darren Fowler are facing manslaughter and health and safety charges following the tragedy.

    An earlier hearing into the accident was adjourned in April. It heard that Adam and his brother had been left unsupervised to knock down the seven-metre high wall.

    Adam was earning £25 a day as a labourer after deciding to give up on full-time education to join his older brothers working as a casual labourer for Holtom.


    MANSLAUGHTER BUILDER AND CONTRACTOR JAILED

    Date: 22/07/2009

    Two men have now received a custodial sentence following the death of a 15-year-old labourer who was crushed to death by a wall in Hadley Wood. Builder Colin Holtom and contractor Darren Fowler had previously been convicted of manslaughter and health and safety offences at the Old Bailey of offences following the death of Adam Gosling. On 23 April 2007, Mr Gosling had been working as a casual labourer, and was trapped underneath a wall which was in the process of being demolished. Police, paramedics, an air ambulance and the London Fire Brigade attended the scene, and the emergency services managed to free the youngster but he was confirmed dead at the scene. Mr Gosling had been doing some casual work for Builder Colin Holtom. Mr Holtom was sub-contracted to Romford-based Soneca Systems Ltd to carry out the garden landscaping and refurbishment project at the address in Broadgates Avenue. The Project Manager for the site was Darren Fowler. On 20 July 2009, Colin Holtom, aged 64, of Latchingdon, near Chelmsford, Essex, was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Darren Fowler, aged 47, of Upminster, had admitted working while disqualified from being a company manager and failure to discharge a duty imposed by s.2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 which covers the duty of the employer to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the health and safety of employees. He was jailed for 12 months for working while disqualified. There was no separate penalty for the health and safety matters.
     
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