On 17 July 2018 at Newport Magistrates’ Court, Kier Infrastructure Overseas Limited, prosecuted by Alexander dos Santos instructed by Chloé Barton of the Office for Rail and Road, was fined £600,000 and ordered to pay costs for breaching the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The matter arose from an incident in August 2016 when a pre-cast concrete unit weighing 6.93 tonnes fell on a worker causing serious injury to his leg. The company had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to failing to discharge its duty in ensuring that the lifting of these units was conducted in such a way as to ensure that, so far as reasonably practicable, those not within its employment were not exposed to risks to their safety. No effective supervision was in place and the devised working method was departed from.
The judge held that despite a turnover of £303m, the company was a ‘large’ organisation and not ‘very large’, which he would reserve for organisations with a turnover of over £1bn.