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Firm is fined £30,000 over building tragedy

A construction company has been fined £30,000 after it admitted breaching health and safety regulations in an incident which resulted in the death of a married father-of-two after he fell three floors.

Handing the fine down to Fernwave at Belfast Crown Court, Judge Tom Burgess said the fine should act as a deterrent to other companies.

Earlier, the judge heard that 35-year-old Jonathan Friel was working on the fourth floor of the Obel Tower in Belfast when he stepped onto unsupported plywood and fell onto a concrete first floor, sustaining fatal head injuries.

At an earlier court hearing Connor Bradley, a director of Fernwave, with an address at Glenshane Business Park in Dungiven, pleaded guilty to three counts of health and safety offences — that the company failed to protect employees from risk, failed over the health and safety of employees and failed to ensure a safe system of work to prevent falls.

Belfast Telegraph