Haringey Council fined over mobility scooter death

A local authority in South London has been fined GBP 20,000 and has paid injury compensation after a man was killed in 2006 when his mobility scooter fell off a minibus.

Pensioner William Delaney, 67, was being loaded onto the welfare bus on his motorised scooter when it came free of the tail lift, causing his to fall to the ground and sustain severe head injuries.

An undisclosed sum of injury compensation has already been paid to the family of Mr Delaney, but Haringey Council now faces a further bill of GBP 20,000 following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

"A suitable risk assessment and safety procedure should have been drawn up covering the loading and unloading of people who use motorised scooters," the Haringey Independent reports HSE inspector Zameer Bhunnoo as saying.

It follows news that Cheltenham Borough Council has been fined GBP 14,000 after an employee was hurt in an incident involving a ride-on mower.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19427171-ADNFCR

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