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Scrapyard fined over skip lorry tragedy; HEALTH AND SAFETY: Company faces pounds 200,000 penalty after death of worker.

Byline: By Emma Stone

A COVENTRY scrapyard has been fined pounds 200,000 after a worker was killed when he was struck by a reversing skip lorry.

Ronald Barnacle, aged 58, from Coventry, was working at EASCO (Midlands) Ltd in Ibstock Road, Longford, on June 14, 2005, when the tragedy happened.

He was working as a burner when he was run over by a lorry on the site.

After the case, the Health and Safety Executive - which led the prosecution - issued a warning to other employers that suitable safety controls must be in place to prevent people from being struck by moving vehicles.

The scrap and recycling business was also ordered to pay pounds 55,000 in costs at Coventry Crown Court, after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Speaking after the hearing, Health and Safety Executive inspector Jenny Skeldon said the accident could have been avoided if certain precautions had been in place.

She also said that safety concerns had been raised about other scrap and recycling sites in the EASCO group before the fatal accident.

She said: "Scrapyard owners need to ensure they make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of the movement of vehicles and pedestrians on site. They must also identify and implement appropriate control measures to prevent people being struck by moving vehicles.

"In this case, particularly between March 2004 and December 2005, there were inadequate precautions in place to segregate pedestrians from vehicles, despite previous warnings from HSE at other sites within the EASCO group.

"Had basic health and safety precautions been observed it is most unlikely such a fatality would have occurred."


RN060208EASC1 ACCIDENT SCENE... The EASCO site in Ibstock Road, Longford, Coventry. Picture: Richard Nelmes
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 7, 2008
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