A man charged with the manslaughter of a builder was too unwell to attend his court hearing.
Nigel Parker, 56, was due at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
He is charged with unlawfully killing Daniel Hough on July 25 last year,
The builder was killed when a chimney at a house he was working on in Thorncliffe Estate, Batley, collapsed.
Magistrates were told that Mr Hough was employed by Parker at the time.
Parker is also charged with failing to ensure the health and safety of his employees from risk of injury during the removal of a chimney.
He is further accused of failing to ensure that persons not in his employment were not exposed to risks to their health and safety.
Zahid Majeed, for Parker, explained that he is currently an inpatient a hospital in Leeds.
Mr Majeed said that staff said that he was currently unfit to attend court.
Magistrates agreed to adjourn the case until May 6.
Parker was granted unconditional bail.
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