On 1 October 2012 a team was sent out by Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited, a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty PLC, to install temporary traffic management in order to repair barriers following a collision on the A2.
The crew were using a lorry mounted crane to remove the footings of a post when it slipped and swung back towards the barrier. The crane struck Larry Newman, aged 37, a worker involved in the operation. He suffered fatal head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited was fined £1million and ordered to pay £14,977 in costs after pleading guilty to offences under Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.