JCB man’s �13k fine for accidental death

A JCB operator who accidentally killed a father-of-two at a construction project at West Ham Station has been fined �13,000.

Patrick Finn, 62, failed to secure the excavator bucket on his vehicle before it dropped on to the head of 58-year-old carpenter Henry Sheridan.

Mr Sheridan was crushed by the heavy scoop and died instantly in front of passengers at West Ham Station in December 2008.

Finn was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter but was eventually charged with an offence under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

An inquest later returned a verdict of accidental death.


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Finn, who worked for Flannery Plant Hire Ltd, had been warned about the dangers of using the scoops during a training course only five weeks earlier.

Finn, of Ilford, was fined �13,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of �2,000.

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He will have to pay �9,000 within 28 days and the rest at �250 a month or face 12 months in jail.

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