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Construction company prosecuted following workers death

Philip Fenwick

Mid Ulster Contracts Limited was today fined £50,000 at Derry Crown Court for Health and Safety failings which led to the death of an employee.

Today’s sentencing comes after a Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) investigation into an incident at a construction site at Culmore Road in Derry on November 6, 2014.

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Phillip Fenwick (35) from Newtownstewart was assisting in a lifting operation of a roof trust, which was being hoisted by its apex using a homemade lifting accessory.  During this operation Mr Fenwick was struck on the head by the roof truss, sustaining a fractured skull and tragically died the following day from his injury.

Speaking after the hearing Mr Jonathan Knox, an Inspector with HSENI’s Major Investigation Team, said:

“My thoughts today are very much with Phillip Fenwick’s family circle.

“Lifting operations can often put people at great risk of injury and sadly, as in this case, can lead to death.  It is essential therefore that employers ensure that any lifting operation is appropriately resourced, properly planned and organised by a competent person,  to ensure that it is carried out in a safe manner.”

For more information about workplace health and safety please visit the HSENI website www.hseni.gov.uk

For media enquires please contact: HSENI Press Office on 028 9024 3249 or email media@hseni.gov.uk  

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