A construction company has been forced to pay out over £150,000 after an employee was killed on one of its sites.
P J Carey of Wembley in Middlesex was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – opening up the possibility of a compensation claim in London – after Peter Prunic was killed when a telehandler at a construction site in Hemlock Close reversed into him.
The company was fined £54,000 with costs of £100,000 at Aylesbury Crown Court, which was told of a dangerous working environment typified by poor health and safety signage and obstructions for pedestrians.
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, the HSE issued a safety warning after a housing society was prosecuted over a boiler that exploded an killed a tenant.