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Driver killed when second tipper overturns and falls on cab

  • 25 February 2014
  • By Roger Brown

Widnes-based Plasmor (Halton) has been fined £100,000 after a driver died when a tipper truck overturned.

In a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, Liverpool Crown Court was told that David Astley, 56, had taken a truck of limestone dust to the plant on Tanhouse Lane, Widnes, in July 2013.

Astley, from Ellesmere Port, was tipping his load when another driver arrived with a second load of limestone. This driver was told to unload in the same place but, as he lifted the trailer, it overturned and fell on top of Astley’s cab, crushing him.

An HSE investigation found Plasmor had failed to carry out a risk assessment for the work and should have ensured vehicles were kept a safe distance apart.

It did not have a safety system in place for the delivery of raw materials, and had not given suitable training to the person directing drivers on to the site.

Plasmor was ordered to pay costs of £28,634 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.


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