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Man fined after reversing over employer

19th February 2010 | Construction Signs

A man has been fined after reversing over his employer and killing him, illustrating the need to use construction signs.

John Peter Metcalfe of Beech Drive, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was ordered to pay £450 following the incident, which occurred in April 2007.

Despite prior warnings, Mr Metcalfe reversed his vehicle too quickly and hit his 73-year-old employer, who later died from his injuries.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Samantha Farrar commented: "I cannot stress enough the importance of watching out for other people and keeping speed down when driving, especially when visibility is restricted."

Meanwhile, the importance of using construction signs was recently highlighted after Veolia ES, of Pentonville Road, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined a total of £350,000 following the death of a worker at Aylesbury Crown Court.

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