F1: McLaren fined $800,000 over engineer’s death

A division of motor racing firm McLaren has been fined $800,000 over the death of an engineer at a warehouse.

Senior engineer David Oldham, 55, fell to his death while inspecting a temporary building at the warehouse in Maidenhead, Berkshire, in October 2016.

Last month, McLaren Services was found guilty of two health and safety charges relating to his death.

Zurich Management Services, Mr Oldham’s employer, was found not guilty of a safety offence.

Mr Oldham fell from height while inspecting McLaren’s Formula One brand center – a mobile building taken to Grand Prix races.

“Work at height is a high-risk activity and falls can result in life-changing injuries and death. It’s the number one reason why people like David don’t get home from work,” testified Health and Safety Executive inspector Saffron Turnell.

“Those responsible to ensure his health and safety failed to do so.”


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