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No roadworks speed limit lands South West Highways with £500k fine

Highway services and construction business South West Highways (SWH) has been fined after an employee was fatally struck by a motorist while repairing a road in Tiverton, Devon. 

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The accident happened on 29 January 2013 because the company had not identified the risks associated with the road repair work and moving traffic, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said. 

As a result the appropriate control measures, including temporary speed limits, signage and road closures, had not been implemented. 

SWH pleaded guilty to breaching ss 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay £17,925 costs at Exeter Crown Court on Friday (1 December). 

HSE inspector Caroline Penwill said: “The incident could have been prevented had South West Highways implemented suitable traffic management for this work.”

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Keeley Downey is assistant editor of IOSH Magazine

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