Company director handed prison sentence over serious health and safety breaches

Company director handed prison sentence over serious health and safety breaches

The director of a UK construction company has been handed a prison sentence, after a number of health and safety failings led to a fatal ‘explosion’.

Simon Thomerson, director of Hertfordshire-based Clearview Design and Construction, reportedly supplied ‘flammable’ thinners to two brothers who were working on a job involving removing dried carpet tile adhesive from industrial units in Hoddesdon.

The dangerous thinners, which were used by home and office refurbishment workers Ardian and Jashar Lamallari, were later found to have been responsible for a vapour-related ‘explosion’ at the site which saw the two brothers sustain shocking 100 per cent burns.

Upon being transferred to a nearby hospital for urgent care, both tragically died approximately 12 hours after the incident.

An investigation led by Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit subsequently revealed a number of health and safety failings at Clearview Design and Construction.

Most notably, it found that Mr Thomerson had given ‘no serious consideration’ to the safe use of the thinners at the site, having ignored ‘obvious warnings’ on the containers of the supplies used.

At Luton Crown Court, the 42-year-old businessman admitted to breaching employee safety rules.

He pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act, among other charges, and was handed a custodial sentence of eight months.

The entrepreneur was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170.