Manslaughter verdict after double site death

Grant Prior 5 years ago
Share

A company director has been convicted after he failed to undertake an adequate risk assessment and offer training to two construction workers who fell to their deaths.

Martin Gutaj, 44, of Brentford, and his company Martinisation London Limited were found guilty at the Old Bailey.

Gutaj was found guilty of two safety charges while Martinisation London Limited was found guilty of two counts of corporate manslaughter.

Gutaj was bailed to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday July 7 for sentencing.

The court heard how on 21 November 2014, Tomasz Procko, 22 and Kyrol Szymanski, 29, both Polish nationals went to work and never returned home.

The men were working at a construction site in Cadogan Square run by Gutaj’s company.

During the course of the day the men were asked to perform a lifting operation at height without supervision and the requisite training.

The victims were not provided with a plan, method statement or risk assessment prior to the task being undertaken, thereby exposing them to the risk of serious harm.

The expectation was for the workmen to use a rope to haul a sofa over a balustrade and into a first floor apartment.

Advice from an experienced and reputable lifting company on how to carry out the process safely was ignored due to time and budgetary constraints.

Both workmen fell after railings on the balcony gave way whilst the furniture was being manoeuvred into premises.

Police were called and officers, paramedics and London’s Air Ambulance attended.

Tomasz Procko was pronounced dead at the scene.

Karol Szymanski was taken to a central London hospital in a critical condition where he later died.

Detective Sergeant Simon Rogers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “Tomasz Procko and Kyrol Szymanski fell to their deaths during the lifting operation which was entirely foreseeable and avoidable.

Martinisation London Limited and the operation director Martin Gutaj failed in their duty of care to protect the men.

“This was a complex investigation led by the Metropolitan Police Service who worked closely with Heath and Safety Executives over a 30 month period.

“We hope that the verdicts today offer some comfort to the bereaved families who have continued to support the investigation throughout.”

Latest news

Hill gets go-ahead for North London estate rebuild

750 homes to be built at Douglas Bader Park estate in Colindale
8 hours ago

Bid race for £210m Huddersfield town centre revamp

Kirklees Council's Cultural Heart scheme will be split into two major projects
11 hours ago

£100m Darlington Station revamp enabling works start

Willmott Dixon set to deliver major station upgrade project
12 hours ago

Demolition worker gets huge payout after losing leg

Compensation settlement will fund latest prosthetic limb technology for site victim
11 hours ago

Plant hirer Vp abandons sale plan

Chairman Jeremy Pilkington says the plant hirer failed to find a suitable new owner.
10 hours ago

Turner & Townsend on board for Sheffield Supertram upgrade

Consultant to help deliver programme over next seven years after £570m funding deal
12 hours ago

Green light for new £33m Ipswich logistics park

Construction to start this October on latest Trebor Developments site
12 hours ago

Piling starts on pioneering double composite HS2 viaduct

Wendover Dean Viaduct ‘double composite’ structure will halve carbon emissions
12 hours ago

ISG pauses work on £300m gigaplant

Construction work rescheduled to reduce costs at giant car battery plant
1 day ago

Tory leadership battle delays bidding for HS2 phase 2a

Prequalification for £5.2bn-£7.2bn route to Crewe put back to September
2 days ago

Greswolde Construction goes under

Solihull contractor ceases trading with 24 jobs lost
4 days ago

Hanson on track for UK’s first net zero cement works

20 carbon capture projects shortlisted for £1bn funding
1 day ago

Plan in for Nottingham 967-room student scheme

Vita submits plan for second major purpose built student sh
1 day ago

Galliford Try gets go-ahead for next A47 dualling job

Early 2023 start for £200m section of A47 between North Tuddenham and Easton in Norfolk
1 day ago

Designs revealed for £1bn London Blackfriars tower blocks

Fosters design landmark green office skyscraper and two blocks of flats for Southwark site
4 days ago

Everton stadium job still on budget despite inflation

Club and Laing O'Rourke confident they can still build new ground for £500m
5 days ago

Construction output falls 1.4% halting 7-month growth spurt

Fresh output and orders figures confirm summer construction slowdown
4 days ago

McLaren gets green light for £85m build-to-rent scheme

Construction set to start this autumn on major city centre development
4 days ago

BAM limbers up for £25m Bedworth leisure centre

Pioneering Warwickshire health and fitness hub to start this autumn
4 days ago

Keepmoat to start four-year build in Wigan

Major regeneration scheme to start across four sites
4 days ago

Solihull contractor Greswolde heading for administration

New investors took over business 12 months ago
5 days ago

Duo win £500m canal and river main works deal

Kier and Bentley bag Canal & Rivers Trust's largest ever water engineering works deal
6 days ago

Construction Manager of the Year finalists revealed

70 of the industry's brightest talents: Full list
5 days ago

Willmott Dixon fills new strategic change director role

Vistry Group change director joins private builder to support future growth
6 days ago

Work starts on £42m Oldham Spindles overhaul

Willmott Dixon signs off £42m deal to create new market, offices and event space
6 days ago

Firms wanted for Telford & Wrekin £1.6bn building works DPS

Call up for dynamic purchasing system covering building and refurbishment work
5 days ago

Kier pulls off contracts league double in July

Contractor bags highest value of new work and tops rolling 12 months ranking
7 days ago

Hinkley Point C giant water intakes craned onto seabed

Video: contractors complete one of the world’s most complex marine engineering projects
6 days ago

Taziker revenue jumps 30% to record £73m

Multi-disciplinary engineering specialist boosts headcount to 366 staff
6 days ago

Consultant buys scaffolding contractor

RSK Group makes MG Scaffolding its latest acquisition
6 days ago

Contractor services