Chestnut Homes ‘deeply saddened’ by bricklayer’s death

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Chestnut Homes has said it was ‘deeply saddened’ by the events surrounding the death of a bricklayer on one of its construction sites.

The firm was fined £40,000 at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday after admitting breaching health and safety laws following the death of Justin Gillman, who fell from unguarded scaffolding.

The 26-year-old, from Holland Fen, died on February 26 2010 while working at a construction site at The Chase in Skegness.

Chestnut Homes Ltd denied being a significant cause of Mr Gillman’s death but pleaded guilty to exposing workers to a risk following a Health and Safety Executive investigation.

A statement released by Chestnut Homes said: “Chestnut Homes have been deeply saddened by the death of Justin Gillman on our development site in Skegness in February 2010.

“Since the accident we have fully cooperated with the Health and Safety Executive’s investigations, concluding in today’s hearing.

“Chestnut Homes have admitted a single breach of health and safety legislation.

“The Court has accepted that this breach was not a cause of Justin’s death.

“The judge acknowledged that Chestnut Homes were a responsible company that had very clear policies and procedures in place.

“In 22 years of trading, the company has had no previous health and safety convictions or improvement notices.

“The judge also acknowledged that there was no suggestion that the company did, or ever had, put profit before health and safety.

“Our thoughts remain with the family of Justin Gillman.”