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H&S prosecution for breaches that caused death

Coventry scrap and recycling business Easco has been prosecuted and fined £200,000 after a worker was killed by a lorry at one of its sites. The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and was also ordered to pay £55,000 costs by Coventry Crown Court on February 5 2008.

Health & Safety Executive inspector Jenny Skeldon said: Had basic health and safety precautions been observed it is most unlikely that such a fatality would have occurred.

The incident happened on June 14 2005, when Ronald Barnacle, who worked as a burner at the companys site in Ibstock Road, Coventry, was killed by a reversing skip lorry.

Skeldon said: "Scrapyard owners need to ensure that they make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of the movement of vehicles and pedestrians on site and, identify and implement appropriate control measures to prevent people being struck by moving vehicles. In this case, particularly between March 2004 and December 2005, there were inadequate precautions in place to segregate pedestrians from vehicles, despite previous warnings from HSE at other sites within the Easco group.

 

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