Trade body suspends Essex-based Micor’s membership

Trade body the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) has suspended Essex-based member Micor, pending an inquiry into a 2006 site accident in which one of its employees was killed.

An HSE investigation into the tragedy resulted in Micor being fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 in costs in March.

Employee Gary Drinkald, 43, was killed in 2006 after a concrete beam fell and crushed him on a site in Basildon.

The NFDC said in a statement: “In keeping with the Federation’s strict accident reporting policies and code of conduct, Micor’s corporate membership has been suspended temporarily while further investigations are carried out by the Federation’s accident investigation committee.  

“Although the company remains listed on the NFDC website while those investigations take place, the listing has been clearly marked ‘suspended’.”

NFDC president Gary Bishop said: “As a Federation, we believe that the welfare of demolition workers is of paramount importance and that it must be safeguarded at all costs.

“While we do not question the findings of the HSE investigation, we feel that a further investigation is required to ensure that there is no repeat of this tragic incident in the future.  

“Of course, we do not take the suspension of a member lightly but, in this instance, we believe that it would be in the best interests of all concerned if Micor’s membership was temporarily suspended while that investigation takes place.”