Manslaughter charges for men in connection with death of carpenter David Clark
http://lizhingley.com/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=http://lizhingley.com/books/ Two men have been sentenced after being found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the death of workman David Clark in Brighton in 2014.
Michael Holland (left), 69, a company director of Kings Road, Brighton, and Grant Oakes (right), 46, a site foreman of Elm Drive, Hove, had denied a charge each of gross negligence manslaughter in connection with the death of Mr Clark, a 55-year-old carpenter.
Mr Clark died on October 28, 2014, after falling through a gap in the first floor of a building he was working on at Stanmer Park stables a month before. But a jury found them guilty of a three-week long trial at Lewes Crown Court on 8 June.
Holland and Oakes appeared at Hove Crown Court on Friday (15 September) and were sentenced to nine months in prison each. Holland was also have to pay £35,000 in costs and Oakes will pay £10,000.
Lewes Crown Court heard during the trial that Mr Clark, of Dyke Avenue, Road, Hove, who worked as a sub-contractor for Holland’s company, was airlifted to St George’s Hospital, Tooting, in a critical condition after falling 14ft to the ground on 30 September. He died a month later at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.
At the start of the three-week long trial, Holland, owner and sole director of Hove-based Cherrywood Investments Ltd, pleaded guilty to an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. In doing so, he accepted that neglect on his part meant that persons on the site were exposed to risks to their health and safely when working at height. The company, Cherrywood Investments Ltd, also admitted a similar offence.
Oakes was also charged with an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He was accused of failing to take suitable measures to prevent, as far as possible, any person working on the site, falling a distance liable to cause them personal injury. He had denied the offence but was found guilty.
Holland admitted a charge of consenting or conniving in a failure to discharge a duty under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 due to neglect. Holland’s Hove-based company, formerly called Cherrywood Investments Ltd, also admitted a charge of failure to discharge a duty contrary to section 33 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – namely failed to ensure that persons not in their employment were not exposed to risks to their health and safety when working at height.
buy Gabapentin australia Mr Clark’s fiance Beverley Clark said:
“These two men had a duty of care to a man that worked for them. That man was my fiancé, that man went to work one morning and never came home again as a result of an accident that should never have occurred.
“Dave was not just a name, not just a statistic – like I feel he has been portrayed in this case. He was real. He was my partner, my love, my rock. He was a loving and devoted granddad. He was a caring and supportive father. He was a true friend to so many people and always put others needs and concerns before his own. Dave died too soon in what I feel were totally unnecessary and unfair circumstances. His loss will be felt forever.
“Nothing will bring my Dave back. Nothing will heal my broken heart or make my life worth living again. But if this awful experience I have had to go through, reliving it all again and again daily in court, means it highlights the dangers and stops other families having to suffer the heartache and loss that we suffer daily, then I can take a little peace from this knowledge.
“The only good that can come out of all this, is if it stops even one single company from cutting corners to earn a few extra pounds in profit. It should make individual people stop and think, “No I’m not taking that risk, not even if it means losing my job” because you can get another job. You cannot get another life.”
“Dave Clark went to work that fateful morning in 2014 and his partner Beverley had every right to expect him to return. However the unsafe conditions on that building site on which numerous men were working, particularly those working at height, meant that it wasn’t to be.
“I hope that these convictions send a strong message to those within the construction industry that the safety of those working on sites should be of paramount importance. Where this is not the case, the Health and Safety Executive and police will tenaciously pursue them and bring them to justice.
“People often blame health and safety for stopping people doing everyday things but the whole reason is to prevent serious injury and death like the tragic death of Dave Clark. I hope this sends message that are real consequences of a blatent disregard for the wellbeing of their workers.”
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