A director of a Hertfordshire based construction company has been found guilty of manslaughter following the death of a labourer in London in December 2010.
Anghel Milosavlevici, 37, was crushed to death while working on a basement excavation on a £3.9 million townhouse in Fulham. The excavation was not properly supported and collapsed – crushing Mr Milosavlevici, who was pronounced dead at the scene by the emergency services.
On December 2nd Mr Conrad Sidebottom, director of Siday Construction Ltd, was sentenced to three years and three months in jail after Southwark Crown Court heard that he was aware of the dangerous state of the excavation, but took no steps to ensure it was safe.
Richard Golding, a qualified health and safety advisor contracted out by AllDay Safety Services Ltd, was sentenced to nine months in prison after being found guilty of exposing another to a risk of health and safety.
Mr Golding was also aware of the risks as he was responsible for drafting the method of work statement, which was found to be inadequate and had not been followed, despite also having the authority to stop dangerous works, which he failed to do.
Detective Chief Inspector Tim Duffield, who headed the investigation, working closely with the HSE said: “There was overwhelming evidence that Sidebottom and Golding’s failure to carry out their respective roles directly resulted in the death of Anghel Milosavlevici. In this case the danger of collapse was not only foreseeable; it had been specifically identified by Golding in his risk assessments.”
Mr Milosavlevici’s sister Cristina and his fiancée Claudia said in a statement: “He was the most gentle, kind-hearted and generous man you could ever hope to meet.
“He worked for Conrad Sidebottom for more than two years before he was killed, but we were shocked to hear evidence at the trial about how dangerous the site had become, and how little concern Mr Sidebottom showed for the safety of everyone involved in the excavation works.
“We hope today’s verdict makes other construction company directors take stock of their own working practices, and ensure that they are doing everything possible to keep their workers safe.”