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Road sweeper was fatally crushed refuelling vehicle

A road sweeper driver was crushed to death as he refuelled his vehicle at a poorly lit yard owned by waste management and plant hire company Leedale.

Derby Crown Court heard how on 26 November 2013 Matthew Lambert, 39, was standing at the back of the road sweeper to access the refuelling point when a tipper lorry reversed into him. He was crushed between the two vehicles and died from catastrophic head injuries.  
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there were no marked or identified vehicle and pedestrian routes, there were no rules or control of reversing manoeuvres, and the lighting at the site was poor and below the required standard. 
Leedale admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £300,000 and must pay costs of £50,737.


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