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Employer made to pay after worker loses life while operating a grass cutter

Employer made to pay after worker loses life while operating a grass cutter
An employer has been fined following a grass cutting incident in which a worker died.

The accident occurred in May 2005 when a 54-year-old city of York council employee was cutting grass on the slopes of the riverbank at Water End in Clifton, a York suburb.

According to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation, the slope of the bank and the suitability of the mower used had not been risk assessed.

It was also found that the equipment had no roll-over protection.

As a result of the accident, the city of York council was found to have breached health and safety laws and was fined £20,000, as well as being ordered to pay £20,423 in costs.

"The penalty imposed by the court ... reflects the seriousness of these failings and of this offence," stated HSE inspector Keith King.