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TRAGIC INCIDENT: Company guilty of serious failings after incident in Garston

 Published on: 24th December 2020   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Uncategorized

A waste management company has been prosecuted for the death of one of its employees at Woodside Leisure Complex in 2014.

Peter Coleman was struck and killed by a 16-tonne waste collection vehicle when the vehicle began to roll away because the safety mechanism designed to stop the bin lift operating when the vehicle was in drive had been bypassed and the brakes were defective. 

Whilst attempting to regain control and stop the runaway vehicle, Peter was struck and died of his injuries.

Earlier this month, following a five week trial at Peterborough Crown Court, F&R Cawley Ltd were found guilty of two offences:

  • Count 1: for failing to do everything they should have to stop Peter being exposed to the risk of death or serious injury whilst at work.
  • Count 2: for not doing everything they should have to stop other people who may be in the vicinity, such as members of the public and first responders, from being exposed to the risk of death or serious injury whilst at work.

Sentencing will take place on February 26, 2021.

Peter Coleman’s family said: “Pete was a devoted family man who had a lot to live for, he always worked hard whatever the job. His life was worth so much more than the trivial amount it would have cost Cawley’s to repair the vehicle, and make it safe and roadworthy.

“He fought hard to survive the torturous incident, and although it has taken a long time, justice has been served. Thank you to everyone who helped Pete in his time of need”

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “This was a devastating incident. Peter Coleman’s tragic death could have been prevented. F&R Cawley Ltd from Luton were found guilty of serious failures in relation to their duty not to expose their employee, Peter, and members of the public to the risk of serious injury or death.

“We welcome this result and hope it brings some closure to Peter’s family, now that we have an understanding of how the tragic incident occurred which could and should have been avoided.”

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