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Nightclub fined over man's death

Oceana nightclub
The nightclub admitted breaching health and safety regulations

A Birmingham nightclub has been fined £85,000 after a man died after being thrown out by security staff.

Christopher Clarke, from Solihull, fell after climbing a mesh fence outside the city's Oceana nightclub in 2007.

He had tried to climb the fence after he found himself in a enclosed car park after being ejected through a fire exit. He died of head injuries.

Luminar Oceana Limited admitted an offence relating to the death and said some procedures had not been followed.

The case was taken to Birmingham Crown Court by the city council.

Key fob

The club had an informal arrangement in place whereby anyone using the car park would be able to get out by using a key fob.

The council found that, in breach of health and safety regulations, no formal arrangements were in place for this to automatically happen. On the night of Mr Clarke's death he was ejected into the car park and unable to find a way out.

Luminar Oceana, the club owners, offered condolences to Mr Clarke's family and said a company-wide review of all its contractors had now taken place resulting in the removal of a particular contractor from the business.

All staff are now fully trained in health and safety procedures, it said, and the doors Mr Clarke was ejected through were no longer used for that purpose.

The firm was also asked to pay £33,000 in court costs.

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