Chestnut Homes admits breaching health and safety laws after bricklayer’s death

Lincoln Crown Court
Lincoln Crown Court

Construction company Chestnut Homes has today admitted breaching health and safety laws following an incident in which a bricklayer died after falling from scaffolding.

The firm, which has a number of developments in Boston, pleaded guilty to failing a discharge its duty to an employee following a Health and Safety Executive investigation arising from the death of Justin Gillman in February 2010.

The company managing director David Newton was in court.

The company’s site manager Peter Tute, 49, of Woodvale Close, Lincoln, also admitted breach of health and safety legislation.

Both the company and Tute had been due to stand trial in front of a jury this week as a result of a prosecution brought by the HSE. The hearing was originally expected to last two weeks.

Mr Gillman, 26, from Holland Fen, died on February 26 2010 while working at the Chestnut Homes construction site at The Chase in Skegness.

He was walking backwards along a scaffolding platform pulling a sack barrow loaded with bricks when he fell to his death.

Judge Michael Heath adjourned sentence at Lincoln Crown Court until later this week when full details of the case are due to be revealed in court