Not guilty for employer accused of negligent homicide in Torrox

A MAN accused of homicide in Torrox has been acquitted.

The Malaga Provincial Court has accepted the appeal of a business owner in Torrox after the accidental death of one of his employees and has found him not guilty of negligent homicide.

The court’s sentence has considered as proven that on March 30, 2011, works to dismantle the asbestos on the roof of an industrial unit were being carried out, with all necessary permits. At 11.30am, the works began and at some point, one of the workers requested a tool from the victim, who stepped on a plaque, which then broke. The man fell from a 6.40-metre height and died as a result. The man was not registered with Social Security and had not received any training in work accident-prevention.

However, the court has confirmed that a second company had employed the man, and that its owners should have complied with training and other safety measures, as there were no safety nets or scaffolds and the employee was not wearing a harness.

The court has found, therefore, that the defendant is not guilty of the charges. The owners of the second company will now be tried in connection with this case.

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