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    DIRECTOR PROSECUTED OVER ROAD ROLLER DEATH

    Workman crushed by roller when seat became detached from vehicle

    Globalreward Limited and a director of the construction company has been prosecuted and sentenced after an employee was crushed by a road roller in August 2012 on a project in Wiltshire.

    Swindon Crown Court heard how Andrew Poole, aged 56, died as a result of crushing injuries to his head when the ride on road roller that he was operating “drove over him”.

    Whilst reversing the machine the driver seat became separated from the machine, causing him to fall beneath the road roller it as it reversed. The seat was connected to the top of a water tank which sheared off from the body of the machine. He fell connected to the seat and the roller continued to reverse over him.

    HSE investigators found that the road roller was in a poor condition and the operator was untrained.

    Safety critical defects

    The safety critical defects included: (a) seat safety cut out switch which would have immediately halted the machine had been defeated and (b) the emergency stop button was missing.

    Globareward Limited, of Withymead Road, Marshfield, Chippenham, was fined a total of £10,000, with costs of £30,750, after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

    Paul Thomas Andrews (Director of Globalreward Limited) of Withymead Road, Marshfield, Chippenham was sentenced to two months in prison suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 200 hours community service for a breach of Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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