The Health and Safety Executive brought the case after Ajet Krasniqi, 24, died when he was hit in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.
His employer, plumber and sole trader Leonard Gibson of Old Park Ridings, London, was yesterday fined ВЈ10,000 at Harlow Magistrates' Court.
Krasniqi had been employed by Gibson as a labourer to help with the complete refurbishment of a domestic property. On 24 October 2006, he was helping to lift a reinforced steel joist with four others when it fell and struck him on the head. Although Krasniqi was taken to hospital he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The HSE has now issued a warning to all sole traders who employ labourers, to do everything possible to minimise the risks when working with heavy materials.ADVERTISEMENT
HSE Inspector Nicola Surrey said: "This tragic incident could have been prevented if the employer had made sure his workers were not left exposed to unnecessary risks.
"There is plenty of advice and guidance available from the HSE to help people comply with the law and keep workers safe. However, for those who fall short of the law, the HSE will not hesitate to take action."
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