A Site Supervisor has been jailed for safety failures which resulted in the death of a member of the public after stacked windows fell over and killed her. The member of the public was walking past the site in London when she was hit by three large window frames. The frames had been delivered to site and were left leaning, unsecured against a wall.
The Site Supervisor was responsible for the placement of the frames and the failure to secure them. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at the Central Criminal Court after being found guilty of manslaughter following an earlier trial. The Site Manager was also sentenced to a six month prison sentence suspended for two years after he was found guilty of failing to take reasonable care for health and safety.
The Crown Prosecuting reviewing lawyer stated that had the Site Manager and Site Supervisor complied with their legal duties the member of the public would still be alive. He issued the following statement:
“They were delivering and storing large, very heavy window frames and should have known that, unsecured, they presented a serious danger to the public on what was a windy day."