Northern Ireland

Fall death 'preventable' - widow

Shauna Friel
Image caption Shauna Friel said safety checks should have been carried out

The widow of a man who died after falling three floors through a building he was working on said her husband's death could have been prevented.

Jonathan Friel, 35, fell through a hole when plywood gave way under him at the Obel Tower in 2008.

The inquest jury found Mr Friel died after he fell through an unprotected void.

Speaking after the inquest, Shauna Friel said there were people who could have prevented the accident.

"If they would have done their job right, if they'd only carried out their safety checks that morning it could have been prevented."

"I'd like to thank the coroner for the way he handled the case and I'd like to thank the jury for the verdict they came to.

"Now the inquest is over it doesn't draw a line under it for me, I don't see an end to it at all."

The inquest heard that the void was not fenced off by a guard rail.

Mr Friel's employers, Fernwave Limited was fined £30,000 after it admitted three breaches of health and safety legislation in relation to his death.

The construction company was fined in May 2010 and has since been liquidated.