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Joiner crushed by 20-tonne excavator in 'easily preventable' death

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A joiner was crushed by a 20-tonne excavator in what inspectors dubbed, an "easily preventable" death. Following the demise of Philip McDonald, a construction company have been fined £146k, reports Derbyshire Live.

The 48-year-old was hired by Birch Brothers (Kidderminster) Ltd to assist with the construction of a concrete overflow weir structure in Derbyshire back in 2017.

The joiner was with colleagues on a road above the work area waiting for the excavator to remove sand from trench boxes when it rotated clockwise and crushed him.

Kidderminster Magistrates Court heard that the Principal Contractor, Birch Brothers (Kidderminster) Ltd, had hired steel fixers and joiners to undertake the work before tragedy struck on September 5, 2017.

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