Events company IMG gets 300,000 health and safety fine after father of Tower Hamlets councillor dies at London Triathlon
A major events company has today been fined �300,000 after the father of a Tower Hamlets councillor was killed at the London Triatlon.
IMG organised the event in 2009 when Jain Ullah, 66, was hit by a cyclist while attempting to cross the Highway in Wapping under supervision of stewards. The father of Labour councillor Abdal Ullah died five days later before being able to see Cllr Ullah’s son and his first grandchild who was born two days after the accident.
Sentencing the company at Snaresbrook Crown Court Judge Timothy Lamb concluded that health and safety breaches by IMG were a “significant cause” of Mr Ullah’s death.
The court heard that Mr Ullah was struck as the cyclists travelled from east to west down the A13 on their way back from Tower Bridge. The dual carriageway was separated by cones while stewards were left to guide the public across it, the court heard.
Judge Lamb said that the company had failed to spot the dangers of crossings along the highway and install a physical barrier such a robe.
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“There were no physical means to corral the public. The stewards only had their personal charm and high visibility jackets to rely on,” he said.
IMG’s subcontractor At Your Service, which provided the stewards, received a �16,000 fine after the judge ruled that the company had made it clear its staff were not trained marshals and that it was up to IMG to provide training.
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After the sentencing Cllr Ullah said: “The fine won’t bring my dad back to life. I would rather he was here to take my son to the park.
“But it’s a significant fine and we hope that lessons have been learned and that someone else won’t have to go through what we have been through.”