Richard Laco died in November 2013

Metalwork firm CMF Ltd has been fined after a 31-year-old subcontractor died when working on the Francis Crick Institute in London.

Southwark Crown Court heard that Richard Laco had been contracted by CMF to work on the Frances Crick Institute project. He was fatally crushed on 6 November 2013 by a concrete staircase which was in the process of being installed.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was no safe system of work in place for the installation of the staircases throughout the development. It was also found the company had failed to appropriately supervise this work activity.

CMF Ltd of Central Way, Feltham, Middlesex, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and was fined £185,000 as well as being ordered to pay costs of £20,606.14.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Stephen Farthing said: “This incident could have been prevented if the company had properly planned the lifting process before work had begun.

“Duty holders have the responsibility of ensuring that safe and suitable lifting plans are in place before carrying out any work involved with heavy loads.”