Firm broke health and safety laws in Lincoln bricklayer’s death
The father of a bricklayer who died after his employer broke health and safety laws has said he will never get over losing his son.
Justin Gillman, 26, was walking backwards along a scaffolding platform pulling a sack barrow loaded with bricks when he fell to his death in 2010.
His employer Chestnut Homes and site manager Peter Tute, 49, of Woodvale Close, Lincoln, admitted breaching health and safety legislation just as they were about to stand trial at Lincoln Crown Court this week.
Mr Gillman’s dad Alan, 58, told the Echo he hopes the case will highlight health and safety risks in the workplace.
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“They say you should never have to bury your own kids, but I have, and you never get over it,” he said.
“Justin never fell out with anybody and he was a hard worker.
“Somewhere in this country two more people are going to be killed on a building site this week.
“They will go to work and not come home.”
Mr Gillman, from Boston, said waiting more than two years for the court case to start had put his family under strain, but they were pleased the firm and Tute finally pleaded guilty before the trial began.
He said: “My wife was in court and she let out a good scream – ‘yes’.
“We’re pleased because the trial would have lasted weeks and every detail would have been brought back up.
“We can move on slowly but we will take it one day at a time.
“He was a young lad of 26 and you don’t expect anything like that to happen.
“It’s all right saying time is a great healer, but yes time moves on but it doesn’t heal it very much.
“It will always be there.”
He added: “In his spare time he was building his own house and he was going to move in with his girlfriend Laura and get married. That was his grand plan.
“We can now carry on and finish his house, because he left the plans for how he wanted it.
“And when it’s built his brother will have it, so he’s left something here.
“He designed it and it was his dream house. It will be his monument – it will be here in 100 years when we’re all gone. I want to do it for Justin – at least we can say it was his house.”
Chestnut Homes pleaded guilty to failing to discharge its duty to an employee. Tute also admitted a breach of health and safety legislation at the construction site at The Chase in Skegness.
Chestnut homes is based in Langworth and run by Boston United FC chairman David Newton. He said no comment would be released until after sentencing.