A construction company has been fined and a director sentenced after an employee was crushed by a road roller.
Swindon Crown Court heard how Andrew Poole, 56, employed by Globalreward Limited of Chippenham, was killed as a result of crushing injuries to his head when the AMMANN AV12 ride on road roller that he had been operating drove over him.
He was sat in the drivers, reversing the machine, when the seat became separated from the machine, causing him to fall beneath it as it reversed. The drivers seat was connected to the top of a water tank which sheared off from the body of the machine. He fell off whilst still connected to the seat and the roller continued to reverse over him.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 13 August 2012 at ranch house farm, colerne, wiltshire, found that the road roller was in a poor condition and the operator was untrained.
The safety critical defects included that the seat safety cut out switch that would have immediately halted the machine had been defeated and the emergency stop button was missing.
Globareward Limited, of Withymead Road, Marshfield, Chippenham, was fined a total of £10,000, with costs of £30,750, after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Paul Thomas Andrews (Director of Globalreward Limited) of Withymead Road, Marshfield, Chippenham was sentenced to two months in prison suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 200 hours community service for a breach of Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
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