Bosses cleared over crushed worker

TWO COMPANY directors were cleared of all charges over the death of a demolition worker at a tower block near Paddington Station. Polish labourer Rafal Prezestrzelski was crushed by falling masonry at the 12-storey Telstar House project on July 25, 2005.

TWO COMPANY directors were cleared of all charges over the death of a demolition worker at a tower block near Paddington Station.

Polish labourer Rafal Prezestrzelski was crushed by falling masonry at the 12-storey Telstar House project on July 25, 2005.

Nicholas Ward, manager of contractor John F Hunt Demolition, and Oscar Menezes, director of Menezes Structural Consultants Ltd, were due to stand trial on health and safety charges next month.

But at the Old Bailey on Wednesday January 27 the prosecution offered no evidence against both men and Menezes Structural Consultants Ltd.

Last year gross negligence manslaughter charges were dismissed against Bayoak Demo Ltd, Barry Eaton of Barking, Nicholas Ward, Oscar Menezes and Menezes Structural Consultants Ltd following legal argument.

Only Bayoak Demo Ltd, which employed Mr Prezestrzelski, and its director Barry Eaton now face trial.

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Eaton, 45, of Claire Gardens, Barking, and Bayoak Demo Ltd, are both accused of failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Ward, 41, of Douglas Road, Islington, and Menezes, 56, of Fairfield, Edgware, Middlesex, were discharged by judge Peter Rook QC.

John F Hunt Demolition, based at London Road, Grays, pleaded guilty to failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act and will be sentenced at a later date.

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