R v NWH (Croydon Crown Court, HH Judge Ainley)
John Cooper appeared on behalf of the company. Two allegations of causative Health and Safety breaches arising from the death of a worker engaged in dismantling a platform by the Golden Jubilee Bridge in November 2002 were dismissed by the Court. In giving its ruling the Court determined that the risk of the deceased acting in the way that he did was "miniscule". He ruled that the company could not be expected to take steps to guard against an unforeseeable risk and that accordingly the Prosecution's case failed. Not guilty verdicts were directed and the Company received its costs. The Prosecution was refused leave to appeal by the Judge and have indicated that leave is to be sought from the Court of Appeal.
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