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Company admits responsibility for hospital worker's death
10:22am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A COMPANY has admitted being responsible for the death of a man at a construction site at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.
A court heard Portugese national Guilherme de Oliveira was crushed to death on November 10, 2008 when a beam suspended from a crane was caught by a gust of wind.
The 44-year-old was swept through the air and crushed against a tower at the hospital. His spine was broken and he died at the scene.
Mr Oliveira left a wife, Albertina, and two young children, Ricardo and Bruna.
The main contractor at the hospital site, construction firm Bouygues UK, admitted a charge brought by the Health and Safety Executive in connection with the death during a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court.
The company will return to court for sentence on December 23.
Mr Oliveira left Portugal and came to work in England in May 2008 and was hired by Portscope Contractors, which supplied tradesmen to Bouygues UK to work at the Broomfield Hospital site.
He was helping to create the concrete frame of a building when he died.
A verdict of accidental death was recorded at Mr Oliveira’s inquest in November.
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