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    MATERIAL SUPPLIER FINED £2M OVER CUSTOMER DEATH

    Member of public visiting premises crushed by company vehicle

    It has been reported that building supplies company, Travis Perkins Trading Company Limited, has been fined £2 million following the death of a customer in what the Judge described as an “accident waiting to happen”.

    Mark John Pointer, aged 44, died after being crushed by a company vehicle at the company premises in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire in November 2012.

    Mr Pointer was loading planks of wood onto the roof rack of his vehicle when he backwards onto the yard surface where he was run over by a company vehicle operating in the yard. He died as a result of crushing injuries.

    H&S breaches can have devastating consequences

    The sentencing took place at Amersham Crown Court after the company had pleaded to two offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act at an earlier hearing. In addition to the £2 million fine the company was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £114, 812.76.

    Following the hearing, the investigating officer Martin Brown, Environmental Health Team Leader with Milton Keynes Council, said:

    “We are pleased with the result and fine imposed as it reiterates the importance of treating health and safety seriously.

    While the term “health and safety” is often incorrectly associated with trivial matters, true health and safety breaches can have devastating consequences as they did on this occasion.

    Individuals falling whilst loading and unloading vehicles is a common risk. The company had failed to ensure loading and unloading activities were undertaken in a safe manner in a safe area.”

     

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