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Court ruling shows importance of health and safety signage

9th December 2009 | Construction Signs

A construction company has been forced to pay out over £150,000 after an employee was hit and killed by a reversing telehandler at a site in Aylesbury, underlining the importance of health and safety signage.

P J Carey was fined £54,000 with costs of £100,000 at Aylesbury Crown Court.

Peter Prunic, 53, from Letchworth, died from his injuries after the vehicle reversed into him and the court was told of the dangerous working environment in which pedestrian crossing points did not have safety signs.

Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Trevor Tollervey said: "If pedestrian routes had been kept clear and crossing points had been adequately signed or marked, it is likely that Peter Prunic would not have been struck by the telehandler when it reversed and would still be alive today."

Earlier this week, Sandy Blair, a member of the HSE board, stressed that while the difficult economic climate may tempt firms to cut corners in some areas, health and safety signage should not be one of them.


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