Site Manager Convicted of Manslaughter

Conrad Sidebottom, a site manager has been convicted of gross negligence manslaughter following a three week trial at Southwark Crown Court. He was tried with Richard Golding, a Health and Safety advisor, who was charged and convicted with an offence contrary to Section 7 HSAW. Deanna Heer advised on the case for a considerable period of time and the trial was prosecuted by Miles Bennett, instructed by CPS Serious Crime and Anti Terrorist unit.

It is one of the first convictions of a Health & Safety advisor.

The case concerned a basement project at a residential address in Fulham where on 2nd December 2010 there was a collapse of concrete and earth in an excavation where underpinning was taking place. The concrete collapsed onto Anghel Milosavlevici, a 37 year old Romanian construction worker, killing him almost instantly.

Conrad Sidebottom of Siday Construction Ltd was the site manager for the subcontractors involved in the excavation and underpinning work in the basement. Richard Golding was a safety advisor with Allday Safety Services Ltd.

The jury heard that although Messrs Sidebottom and Golding had worked together on a method statement and in spite of two risk assessments recognizing the substantial risks and dangers of collapses and death/serious injury in the event of collapses with the excavations, the holes being dug were not properly shored or propped, and in the trench where the fatality occurred there was scant evidence of any shoring or propping at all.

Richard Golding had made two site inspections prior to the collapse but failed to notice that the holes weren’t properly shored or propped. He claimed that the excavations had been covered up at the time of his visits and that he hadn’t checked under the plywood covers.

Conrad Sidebottom did not give evidence at trial.

Today, at Southwark Crown Court HHJ Leonard QC sentenced Conrad Sidebottom to 3 years 3 months imprisonment and Richard Golding to 9 months imprisonment. Costs applications on behalf of the CPS and HSE have been adjourned.