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Man killed by steel girder crashing through safety barrier

PUBLISHED: 19:27 27 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:14 05 October 2010

A CLEANER on the huge building site of Sky TV’s new studio complex died when a steel girder ploughed through a safety fence and crushed him. An inquest jury has returned a narrative verdict’ on Hughes Makambila who was hit in the neck and chest at the site at Brentford

A CLEANER on the huge building site of Sky TV's new studio complex died when a steel girder ploughed through a safety fence and crushed him.

An inquest jury has returned a narrative verdict’ on Hughes Makambila who was hit in the neck and chest in the incident at the site where eight new studios and offices were under construction at Brentford.

The 35-year-old married man from Millwall on the Isle of Dogs in East London, was passing through a pedestrian area fenced-off to keep safely away from construction work at the site.

But the steel girder smashed through the fence and hit him.

LORRY BEING UNLOADED

It fell from a lorry being unloaded by a forklift truck driver and a workmate after suddenly shifting, the jury at West London coroner's court was told.

The lorry was being unloaded in an area close to the car park, rather than in a proper loading bay which had been unavailable several days, jurors heard.

Site manager David Joyce told the inquest he would have stopped the unloading if he had noticed it so near the car-park. He also thought three people should have been unloading, not two.

The jury determined that the girder “fell off the lorry onto the pedestrian walkway, striking Mr Makambila,” who died from neck and chest injuries.


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