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Widow’s plea: Lessons must be learned from window pane death tragedy

'Andrew’s death is something I don’t think my daughter and I have even begun to come to terms with'

14 March, 2017 — By Tom Foot

‘Doting father’: Andrew Lowne with Migle and daughter Abby

THE widow of a construction worker killed when he was crushed by a falling window pane says she hopes “lessons will be learned” after an inquest into his death.

Migle Lowne, who lives in Munster Square, Regent’s Park estate, said she was still coming to terms with the “terrible loss” of husband Andrew on the 17th floor of a building site in Paddington in June 2015.

Speaking after an inquest jury ruled it was an “accidental death” on Thursday, Ms Lowne said: “Andrew’s death is something I don’t think my daughter and I have even begun to come to terms with. Nothing can change what happened to Andrew or the impact his terrible loss has had on our family, but it is incredibly important to us that lessons can be learned to prevent similar accidents in future.”

Mr Lowne, 51, was part of a team installing glass curtain wall units on the roof of 20 Eastbourne Mews when one of the windows – which can weigh more than half a ton – fell from its “stillage” on top of him.

Andrew Lowne with daughter Abby

The principal contractor was Wates Group, and Overgate Devel­opments was contracted to install the glass units. The Health and Safety Executive has found that there were no systems in place to check whether the windows were securely fastened on delivery to the construction site, or when they were being unloaded on the roof of the building.

The inquest heard how practices were changed at the site following Mr Lowne’s death. The family is represented by Irwin Mitchell solicitors, who are seeking a financial settlement.

After the inquest, lawyer Chani Dhaliwal said: “Andrew’s family are still reeling from the sudden and tragic death of a much-loved husband and doting father. It is also important that the families of other construction workers are reassured that lessons have been learned from this tragedy which will ensure no one else faces the difficulties Andrew’s family have been forced to endure.”

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