Graphic detail of the death of Romanian Marian Nemit, 21, was revealed at the inquest in Walthamstow yesterday. Marian died after a wall collapsed on him working on a shop conversion job at the 844 Leyton High Rd, Leyton, E10 on 14 April 2015.
Fellow worker on the job at the time, Francesko Begkai, said he pulled Marian from the rubble after a brick pier collapsed on him. He said Marian was “screaming in pain” and his chest was swelling from the injury. Paramedics and the major trauma team at the hospital reported trying hard to save Marian but his injuries were too great.
There was no supervisor on the site on the morning of the incident. George Isidorou, of GI Construction, who was the principle contractor for the refurbishment said he had spoken to both men that morning and given them instructions on what to do that he thought both men understood before he left.
Mr Isidorou was questioned about the employment relationship with Marian who was employed as a labourer and who had been working there for three or four days, replying he was the boss and Marian was to invoice him for the work and was not an employee. Mr Isidorou used his right to refuse to answer following advice from his barrister when asked questions about site supervision, who was responsible for safety, risk assessments, identifying risks etc.
After the incident in Leyton further scaffold support had to be urgently put in place to ensure the rest of the building didn’t collapse.
At the inquest there were questions asked about communications on site given that Marian’s English was limited as was Francesco’s to a degree as his native language was Greek. Mr Isidorou, again of Greek decent, spoke English well but not Romanian.
Anca-Larisa Belu, Marian’s cousin was present at the inquest and told the inquest Marian’s ability to speak and understand English was greatly exaggerated by others giving evidence.
HSE Inspector Gabriella Dimitrov gave evidence today but HSE have refused to release documents to the family or confirm many facts saying they form part of an on-going investigation. Non-disclosure of this vital evidence to the family was criticised by Marian’s family barrister yesterday and is a persistent problem in cases such as this.
Marian’s family are being represented by Helen Clifford of MW Solicitors. They have also been given invaluable help by the campaigning support organisation Families Against Corporate Killers.
Waltham Forest Trades Council has noted Marian’s death every Workers Memorial Day and representatives will be attending the hearing
For more information contact:
- Dave Knight, President Waltham Forest Trades Council – 07789 126 113.
- Helen Clifford, MW Solicitors – 07796 107 997
- Hilda Palmer, Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK) – 07929 800 240