A road maintenance company has been fined £180,000 after a man was left paralysed following a motorcycle collision with traffic signs.
Glynn Turner, a 47-year-old father of three from Ipswich, was riding his motorbike along the A12 when he collided with the traffic signs at a road closure at the junction with the B1121, near Benhall, Saxmundhamon on the evening of 7 June 2010.
He suffered multiple injuries that left him unable to move any part of his body, unable to communicate and in need of 24-hour residential care.
His family have been told there is no prospect of a recovery.
Road accident investigation
A probe by road accident investigators at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) concluded there were safety breaches involved in the way that Carillion AM Government Ltd arranged the roadworks.
The HSE investigation found that the first indication of roadworks was less than 200 metres before the closure on the stretch of road which has a 50mph speed limit.
With the risk of a collision and the need to alert motorists to the imminent road closures in mind, the company was responsible for placing a series of road signs directing traffic along a diversion route, Ipswich Crown Court heard on 7 November 2013.
Information signs to alert road users should have been placed at up to one kilometre in advance as well as ‘roadworks ahead’ signs at intervals of around 800, 400 and 200 metres before the closure.
But the first indication of the road closure was just 175 metres before it happened, where a large yellow information board had been placed, the HSE found.
This meant there was little time for traffic to slow down and avoid an accident given the 50mph speed limit.
Health and safety breach
Carillion AM Government Ltd, of Birch Street, Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
In addition to the fine totalling £180,000, the company was ordered to pay £28,551 in costs.
Anyone who has experienced a road traffic accident and requires expert advice on their case may wish to contact Accident Advice Helpline.
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