7th December 2017
Paul Kilcoyne was instructed by Anne Maguire of Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors to represent the family of Mark White a construction worker who was electrocuted when an extendable metal rake he was holding to lay a concrete bed came into contact with overhead power lines near Ashton in Northamptonshire in 2016. Mr White was 47 .
He was working for KJ Pickering Ltd. It was established during the Inquest that no risk assessment had been performed nor were any restrictions in place in relation to working near the powerlines. It also became clear that the HSE Guidelines GS6 “ Avoiding danger from overhead powerlines” had not been followed. HM Coroner for Northamptonshire ruled that a Narrative Conclusion was appropriate. In its conclusion the jury made a point of highlighting that no risk assessment had been performed and no exclusion zone was in place.
KJ Pickering Ltd now faces a criminal prosecution by the HSE.