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Death of worker: employer fined £475,000

Death of worker: £475,000 fine

Health and Safety Executive v ATE Truck and Trailer Sales Ltd (2017) Wolverhampton Crown Court, May 16

Statutory reference: regulation 3of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR)

ATE Truck and Trailer Sales Ltd, a company which buys, refurbishes and sells heavy goods vehicles and trailers, has been following the death of a worker.

The facts

· In February 2013 William Price was dismantling a trailer at the company’s site.

· He was struck by the roof of the trailer and suffered fatal head injuries.

· The company had an established method in place for the work. But it had failed to properly consider the risks involved in the work and had not provided the deceased with information as to his safety when stripping down trailers.

The decision

The company was fined £475,000 plus £20,000 under regulation 3, MHSWR.

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