Chestnut Homes "deeply saddened" after bricklayer death
Lincolnshire firm Chestnut Homes has said it is "deeply saddened" by the death of a bricklayer on a building site, after it was fined £40,000 for breaching health and safety rules.
The company, of Wragby Road, Langworth, near Lincoln, admitted a breach and was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday.
Chestnut Homes site manager Peter Tute, 50, of Donington Park, Lincoln, was also ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service.
Justin Gillman, 26, of Holland Fen near Boston, died in 2010 when he fell backwards almost two metres while working on a residential building site in Skegness.
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A statement issued by the firm said: "Chestnut Homes have been deeply saddened by the death of Justin Gillman on our development site in Skegness in February 2010.
"Since the accident we have fully co-operated with the Health and Safety Executive’s investigations, concluding in today’s hearing.
"Chestnut Homes have admitted a single breach of Health and Safety Legislation.
"The court has accepted that this breach was not a cause of Justin’s death.
"The Judge acknowledged that Chestnut Homes were a responsible company that had very clear policies and procedures in place.
"In 22 years of trading, the company has had no previous Health and Safety convictions or improvement notices.
"The judge also acknowledged that there was no suggestion that the company did, or ever had, put profit before health and safety.
"Our thoughts remain with the family of Justin Gillman."
Mr Gillman fell backwards from the end of an unsafe scaffold where there was no guard rail to prevent him falling.
A band of 80 bricks he was pulling on a trolley landed on him, and he died at the scene of his injuries.
The court was told that Mr Gillman and a colleague were told by Mr Tute to extend some scaffolding around the walls of a block of three terraced houses being built.
Neither was qualified or had any experience of erecting scaffolding, and as the site manager Mr Tute should not have entrusted them with the task, instead hiring a contractor to do the work.
Chestnut Homes Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Peter Tute pleaded guilty to breaching Section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.