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A carpenter died after an accident at work in which he was hit by a large slab of concrete that fell on him.
Philip Hames was an employee of Creagh Concrete Products and was working at Bath University, where the firm was creating a new accommodation block.
He adjusted a metal prop but did not realise that it was securing the concrete slab suspended above him. After making the adjustment, the heavy object fell directly on to his body.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted Creagh Concrete Products, which has been fined £100,000 and forced to pay costs of £140,000 after appearing at Bristol Crown Court.
"Unfortunately there has been a rise in the number of fatalities caused by the collapse of structures under construction or refurbishment over the past few years," said HSE inspector Ian Smart.
Zak Davis also suffered in an accident at work that was the subject of a recent HSE prosecution, with the 36-year-old buried up to his waste after a trench collapsed and he was hit by a concrete slab.
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