Farm owner fined after driver electrocuted

Farm owner fined after driver electrocutedA Salisbury farm owner has been prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after a delivery driver was killed on his premises in November 2012.

Salisbury Magistrates' Court heard how self-employed HGV driver Nigel Fox was making a delivery to Tony Slade's Chestnut Tree Farm when the tragic incident took place.

The driver was raising the body of his articulated tipper lorry when it came into contact with overhead power lines, causing him to be electrocuted. He later died at the scene.

HSE inspector Andy Shaw commented: "Had Mr Slade had the power lines diverted, as he did after the incident … this terrible incident would not have happened and Mr Fox would likely still be here today."

The defendant pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined GBP 20,000. Mr Slade was also ordered to pay prosecution costs totalling GBP 5,609.

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