05 August 2010
Company fined £200k for causing man's death
A Cornish company was fined £200,000 yesterday for its culpability in an incident which left one of its customers dead.
Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive, Gregory Distribution Ltd of North Tawton was ordered to pay £0.2 million and £16,993 in costs by Truro Crown Court yesterday (August 4th) for its breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
During the incident in question, Mr George Musgrave, owner of the Polmassick Vineyard near St Austell, was helping to unload a delivery of empty wine bottles from one of the company's lorries when a load fell on him from the tail lift.
This caused Mr Musgrave severe chest and head injuries from which he never recovered and it was determined that Gregory Distribution - which was established in 1919 and is now has 19 sites around the UK - had failed to properly arrange for the bottles to be unloaded safely.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett