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Company fined for failing to use construction signs

17th December 2009 | Construction Signs

An Avon company has been fined £65,000 for failing to use construction signs during a May 2004 incident which resulted in the death of a motorist.

Cumbrian Industrials, of The Ridge, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol, was penalised at Preston Crown Court after pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The incident occurred when the firm failed to properly use construction signs while carrying out work on the M6, which resulted in a motorist driving into an unlit contractor's vehicle and suffering fatal injuries.

Joy Jones, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) principal inspector for traffic management, commented: "Roadworks always need to be managed with great care to ensure the safety of both construction workers and road users. There should be clear signing and a consistent use of traffic cones."

The prosecution follows recent comments by the HSE's board member and agricultural champion Judith Donovan, who said that taking precautions such as installing warning signs can help to prevent accidents.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19517630-ADNFCR


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