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Transport company in court over driver’s death

Date:
21 August 2015

A Norfolk-based road transport company has been sentenced for safety failings after a driver suffered life-changing injuries and later died following an incident in Broxbourne, Herts. 

Keith Brookes, 61 (he was 59 at the time of the accident), from Milton Keynes, fell from a unsecured ladder during an operation to unload items from a lorry at the Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club on White Stubbs Lane on 23 November 2012. 

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which prosecuted Mr Brookes’ employer, David Watson Transport Ltd, after finding the company had failed to properly safeguard workers from falls. 

David Watson Transport Ltd of Mundford Road, Weeting, Norfolk, was fined a total of £150,000 at St Albans Crown Court and ordered to pay costs of £88,030.69 after being found guilty to breaching Regulations 4(1)(a) and 4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Regulation 8(e) of the same regs.

For more information about preventing falls from vehicles, visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport/vehicles/preventingfalls.htm

Notes to Editors: 

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: legislation.gov.uk/ 
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