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Kettering developer fined after lorry hits power lines

3rd July 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A Kettering developer has been fined after a tipper lorry hit overhead power lines, causing electricity to be cut in local homes.

Belonging to Hazelton Homes (Midlands), the lorry’s raised tipper body struck the power lines above, resulting in them falling to the ground and causing 11 homes to lose electricity. 

Hazelton Homes (Midlands) Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 34(2) (c) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £8,000 with costs of £4,214.

HSE inspector Linda-Jane Rigby said: “The need for goalposts and warning signs had been drawn to the attention of Hazleton Homes (Midlands) Ltd shortly before this incident but the directors failed to put the necessary measures in place.

“Once remedial steps were taken, the company failed to ensure they remained in place.”

HSE found that the power lines had not been made dead, while warning signs had not been erected to notify drivers.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801607457-ADNFCR


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