Work stops for Simon

PROTESTERS brought work to a standstill at a Southwick firm fined in connection with the death of student Simon Jones.

PROTESTERS brought work to a standstill at a Southwick firm fined in connection with the death of student Simon Jones.

Almost 30 people blocked the gates at Euromin at Shoreham Harbour on Monday.

The company was fined 50,000 on Thursday, with 20,000 costs, after being found guilty of two health and safety violations.

Simon died when his head was crushed less than two hours after he started work as a casual labourer in April, 1998.

The judge said the firm s failure to carry out a proper safety assessment could have contributed to the death of the 24-year-old Sussex University student.

But both Euromin and UK general manager Richard Martell were cleared of manslaughter.

At the protest on Monday, Colin Chalmers, of the Simon Jones Memorial Campaign, told the Shoreham Herald: "If Euromin loses money by us stopping lorries coming in and out, it might listen.

Protester Warren Smith said: "We are campaigning not just for Simon, but for all casual workers.

"It took three-and-a-half years with us campaigning all the time and the firm got a 50,000 fine and 20,000 costs.

"We think our friend s life was worth more."

Police allowed the protest, which was mainly peaceful, to continue until 3pm, when they escorted the demonstraters out.

Euromin refused to comment on the protest.

For the trial report, see the Herald, December 6.