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HSE prosecutes council after collection truck death

North Tyneside Council has been prosecuted for inadequate safety management after a man was killed by a refuse truck.

A member of the public, Brian Kindred, was killed when a refuse truck reversed into him near his home in Allanville, Camperdown in Newcastle Upon Tyne, on May 2 2006.

The council will be sentenced at Crown Court at a later date, after pleading guilty.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE), which has brought the prosecution, is warning the waste industry to take precautions to prevent injuries from reversing collection vehicles.

HSE Stephen Britton said:  "This is a tragic case where we found that the council's safety management procedures were not adequate. There was no supervision in place, training was cursory and did not cover guiding vehicles in any way.

"Had the council followed the simple and straightforward control measures that have been specifically designed for the waste and recycling industry such as, training their operators to warn the driver about pedestrians walking close to the vehicle, Mr Kindred would not have died."

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