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FIRM AND DIRECTOR FACE MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES

Corporate manslaughter charge over man who died from crush injuries

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced that Mobile Sweepers (Reading) Limited is to be charged with corporate manslaughter under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.

The company will also face offences under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.

The CPS has also decided there is sufficient evidence to charge the company’s sole director Mervyn Owens with gross negligence manslaughter.

Inadvertent removal of hydraulic hose triggered fall

Colin Gibbs, senior lawyer in Special Crime for the CPS, said:

“I have carefully reviewed all the evidence gathered by Hampshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive during their investigation into the tragic death of Malcolm Hinton on 6 March 2012 at Riddings Farm, near Basingstoke.

Mr Hinton died from crush injuries after working on a repair underneath a road-sweeping truck at Mobile Sweepers (Reading) Limited. He had inadvertently removed a hydraulic hose, which caused the back of the truck to fall on him.

I have concluded there is sufficient evidence to charge Mobile Sweepers (Reading) Limited with corporate manslaughter under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007. I have also decided there is sufficient evidence to charge the company’s sole director Mervyn Owens with gross negligence manslaughter.

In addition, I have authorised charges against both Mobile Sweepers (Reading) Limited and Mr Owens with an offence under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and also with an offence under Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations. This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

The first hearing will take place at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on 21 March 2013. I extend my sincere sympathies to the family of Mr Hinton.”

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