Firm must pay £174k after death of joiner at Stoke shopping centre

Firm must pay £174k after death of joiner at Stoke shopping centre

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A shop fitting firm must pay out £174,000 after a worker died when a half-ton sign fell on him in a Stoke-on-Trent shopping centre.

Joiner Michael Kelly was killed almost instantly when the sign crushed him at Hanley's Potteries Shopping Centre in 2011.

The 26-year-old was working for Glasgow-based JB Barbour, which was fitting out the Ernest Jones store.

The company admitted two breaches of health and safety regulations of failing to ensure Mr Kelly's safety and failing to ensure others were not at risk.

It has now been fined £85,000 with £89,000 costs.

Stafford Crown Court heard there had never been another recorded incident of a shop sign falling in this way.

But Mr Ian Bridge, prosecuting, said the company had failed to carry out checks the sign was safely in place and cordon off the area.

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