2010 Persimmon Homes Blog

Operative of Persimmon Homes, a worker for KD Childs, claims he had no formal training when he started at the company

Posted on: September 11, 2009

Following the tragic death of a 4 year old boy, when the fireplace in a new Persimmon Homes house fell on him and crushed him, Persimmon has called on the Health and Safety Executive to review fireplace installation standards after the tragedy. A Persimmon spokesman said the company extended its deepest sympathies to the Green family for their tragic loss. He said they agreed with the jury that the lack of any national industry standards and regulations had contributed to the accident. He said they believed they had appointed a competent sub-contractor and, if KD Childs had applied sufficient mortar, then “the accident would probably not have happened“.

Health and Safety Executive investigator James Grieve said there was a “distinct lack of mortar” on the fireplace. He told the inquest: “If there had been a full bed of mortar applied in the case of 10 Coulthard Close, we would not be here today.

I don’t feel we every managed to get Persimmon Group to take responsibility for the faults in our home either.

Nor do I feel we managed to get Persimmon Group to accept the opinion of a qualified professional either.


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