HSE to prosecute four years after fatal wall collapse

2 December 2020 | Construction

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution is being brought against two companies over a 2016 wall collapse at a Birmingham recycling plant that killed five workers.

On 7 July 2016, a retaining wall holding scrap metal collapsed at Hawkeswood Metal Recycling’s plant on Aston Church Road in Nechells, Birmingham. The collapse killed Ousmane Kaba Diaby, Saibo Sumbundu Sillah, Bangally Tunkara Dukuray, Almamo Kinteh Jammeh and Mahamadou Jagana Jagana. Tombong Camara Conteh also sustained serious injuries.

An inquest into the five deaths in November 2018 delivered a verdict of accidental death following a joint investigation by the HSE and West Midlands Police.

The HSE is now bringing charges against waste-management company Ensco 10101 Limited (previously known as Shredmet Ltd) of Riverside Works Trevor Street, Nechells, Birmingham, and against the plant, Hawkeswood Metal Recycling Limited of Riverside Works, Trevor Street, Nechells, Birmingham. The firms will face charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

A HSE prosecution has also been approved against two unnamed individuals, the safety body said. No court dates have been set for the hearings.

Last week, the HSE handed down a suspended sentence to a company director and project manager over the death of a worker killed when a dumper truck overturned.

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