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Guilty verdict for site manager following death of pedestrian

27 March 2017

A verdict of manslaughter by gross negligence was recorded after lawyer Amanda Telfer was crushed to death when three unsecured window frames fell on her as she walked by.

Weighing more than 650kg, the frames had been placed on the pavement outside the construction site in London's Hanover Square in August 2012, the court was told following a joint investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Metropolitan Police.

They had been delivered the day before the incident, but had not been fitted as scheduled, due to delays on site.

The large window frames had been left on the pavement, leaning against the building and no effort made to secure them or place barriers around them.

Further evidence presented at London's Old Bailey stated that no checks were made when defendants arrived on site the next day.

As a result, on-site project manager for IS Europe Kelvin Adsett, from Slough, was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence and breaching Section 7a of the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act 1974.

Although acquitted of manslaughter, his colleague Damian Lakin-Hall, from Cobham, was found guilty of breaching workplace safety law.

Both men were told to present themselves on 5 May for sentencing.

Their employer, IS Europe, was also convicted of offences under Section 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act 1974.

Statements from both the HSE and the Metropolitan Police Force after the hearing lamented the "laissez-faire" attitude to safety on site and the tragic cost to Ms Telfer that resulted, which had been "completely avoidable".

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