26 September 2007
Firm fined for worker death
A company, along with its site foreman and director, has been fined after an incident in which a worker was killed.
Alexander Hayden died after the nine-tonne dumper truck that he was driving overran the edge of an embankment. The 28-year-old was crushed by the vehicle when he tried to jump clear and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Stafford Crown Court heard that Mr Hayden had only been driving the truck for two months, had already been involved in two accidents and had not received the required training.
Although found not guilty of manslaughter, site foreman at A&A Building Services Paul Nolan was fined £5,000, while company director Darren Barrie received a £15,000 fine and the company itself was ordered to pay £55,000.
Addressing Mr Nolan, the judge said: "You … showed a complete disregard for the safety of the workers working under you; you thought you knew best... but you didn't."
A Merseyside contractor was recently fined £100,000 after an employee was killed by a wheeled loading vehicle.