A construction company has been fined £550,000 after pleading guilty to two counts of corporate manslaughter and a breach of Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA 1974) following the deaths of two passersby. The company was fined £250,000 for each of the deaths, as well as £50,000 for failing to discharge its duty to persons other than employees in breach of the HSWA 1974, and ordered to pay £23,653 in prosecution costs.
The construction company was responsible for a building site where part of the site had plywood hoardings in place which covered the pavement. Two pedestrians were seen arguing and scuffling with one another early one morning and made contact with the hoardings which gave way, sending both men falling into the basement area resulting in their deaths.