Firm fined £130,000 over death of man outside cinema

The scene of the incident outside the Odeon Cinema, Preston Docks

The scene of the incident outside the Odeon Cinema, Preston Docks

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A building firm has been fined £130,000 over the death of a worker outside a cinema.

Carl Green, 45, was struck by a reversing van in a paved area outside the entrance to the Odeon Cinema on Preston docks on July 27, 2010.

The painter and decorator from Chorley had been working on a project to fit out a new coffee shop in the cinema when the incident happened. He died from his injuries on the way to hospital.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted EMC Contracts Ltd over his death.

One of EMC’s employees had unloaded his van of construction materials and was reversing it to park up outside the cinema when it struck Mr Green, who was crossing behind it.

An HSE investigation found the company did not have any control measures in place to keep vehicles involved in the construction work away from pedestrians outside the cinema.

EMC Contracts Ltd, which has been put into voluntary liquidation, was found guilty of two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company, of Faraday Court in Fulwood, was fined £130,000 and ordered to pay £52,790 in prosecution costs.

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