Council fined over road surfacing worker death
Rotherham Council has been fined £75,000 after one of its employees was killed in an accident which highlights the importance of safety signs.
The man was hit by a reversing eight-wheeled tipper wagon at a site in the South Yorkshire town on May 4th 2007 and subsequently died from his injuries.
In addition to fining the council, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is prosecuting contractor Brocklebank & Company over the road surfacing operation incident.
"The council had a duty to protect their employee," said HSE principal inspector John Rowe.
"Yet vehicle movements at the site were uncontrolled, despite the fact that tipper wagons had to reverse the length of the site."
Mr Rowe added that the contractor failed to take all the required steps - which would include implementing relevant safety signs - to protect workers at the site.
Last week, Lowestoft firm Eastern Hardware Company was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 in costs after one of its workers was injured in a roof fall incident.
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