Fatal accident occurred during refurb of shop at Cribbs Causeway

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A glazing boss faces trial in April next year after the death his father at Cribbs Causeway.

Garry Harbutt, 51, of Oldbury in the West Midlands, is charged with the manslaughter of 78-year-old Arthur Harbutt on March 5 last year.

As director of Night and Day Glaziers Ltd he is also charged with failing to ensure his employee's safety.

Last month Judge Euan Ambrose adjourned the case for a trial, due to last some 12 to 15 days, starting from January 6.

Today (September 12, 2019) the case was mentioned and a trial projected to last 14 days was set for April 27 next year, to accommodate a health and safety inspector.

Earlier Kate Burnham-Davies, prosecuting, told Bristol magistrates the deceased was Harbutt's father.

Arthur Harbutt had been working on the refurbishment of a store at the Centaurus Retail Park when he fell 15 feet between 8am and 8.30am.

Paramedics treated him at the scene before he was taken to Southmead Hospital with serious head injuries.

Sadly he died in hospital the next day.

The deceased had worked as a glazier and was thought to be fitting new window panes on a new store.

The unit was being refurbished as a new branch of leisure retailer Go Outdoors.

Police launched an investigation working closely with the Health and Safety Executive.

Harbutt is on unconditional bail.

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