Costain and Kvaerner are to be prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for poor safety standards after four workers died on its Avonmouth Bridge project.
Yarm Road, formerly known as Kvaerner Cleveland Bridge, and Costain face charges of breaching sections two and three of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The workers, Ronald Hill, Jeff Williams, Paul Stewart and Andrew Rogers, died on 8 September 1999 when a gantry they were working on fell 25 m.

The case was originally due to be heard on 26 January but has been put back until 27 April to allow the accused firms more time to prepare their defences. It will be heard at Flax Bourton Magistrates Court in Somerset.

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