A worker died after being crushed in an accident at work, a court has heard.
Spencer Powles became trapped between a metallic shipping container and another vehicle on October 24, 2012. Ten days afterwards Mr Powles, 62, died from his injuries.
On Friday, December 12, Gloucester Crown Court fined his firm, Complete Utilities, £80,000 for safety failings.
The court heard that the accident happened after Mr Powles, of Coleford, Gloucestershire, had gone back to the firm’s yard in Maisemore to get a road saw.
He was crushed after a telehandler, a vehicle mainly used in agriculture and industry, lurched forward and trapped him against the shipping container.
Crush injury ended in worker’s death
Mr Powles, a father and a grandfather, suffered crush injuries to the stomach. He was airlifted to Bristol’s Frenchay Hospital but died 10 days later.
A Health and Safety Executive investigation found that the telehandler operator had been given no adequate training from qualified instructors.
The HSE described the site as “chaotic” and “disorganised” without any traffic measures or systems to keep pedestrians and vehicles apart on site.
Complete Utilities, from Maisemore, Gloucester, was also told to pay £27,000 costs after it admitted breaking Regulation 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
The HSE’s Caroline Bird, speaking afterwards, said that Mr Powles’ death need not have happened had proper staff training been implemented at Complete Utilities.
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