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Company fined over worker death

A Derbyshire waste management and plant hire company has been fined £300,000 after a worker was fatally crushed between two vehicles.

Derby Crown Court was told that the employee, 39-year-old Matthew Lambert, was refuelling his road sweeper at the yard of Leedale Limited in Ripley in November 2013.

He was standing at the refuelling point at the rear of his vehicle when a tipper lorry reversed into him, causing “catastrophic” head injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found there were no marked or identified vehicle and pedestrian routes. There were no rules or control of reversing manoeuvres, and the lighting at the site was poor and below the required standard.

Leedale, admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and was ordered to pay costs of £50,737 on top of the £300,000 fine.

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