Firms in court over worker’s horror death

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TWO building firms will appear in court tomorrow over the horror death of a St Helens worker.

Christopher Heaton, 25, fell to his death while working on a construction site in Manchester city centre.

He was working on the Leftbank riverside apartments when he was dragged over the guardrail on a scaffolding platform after becoming entangled in a chain.

Following Mr Heaton’s death, the Health and Safety Executive prosecuted steel erection company Shawton Engineering and the site’s main contractor, Amec Group.

Shawton Engineering, which is based in Newton, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. Warrington-based Amec was found guilty following a trial earlier this year.

Bosses from both firms are expected to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday for sentencing.