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Leicestershire firms fined after death of worker

21-05-2012

Two Leicestershire companies have been fined after a worker was killed when a lorry overturned onto his vehicle.

Richard Kenny, 48, from Earl Shilton, was killed instantly as the mini digger he was driving was crushed when a tipper lorry suddenly overturned on uneven ground while delivering around 20 tonnes of aggregate to a construction site.

The incident happened on 3 October 2006 during the construction of the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, Freeby Lane, Melton Mowbray. J H Hallam (Contracts) Ltd. and J & H Construction Ltd. were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to ensure the safety of Mr. Kenny and for failing to properly plan, organise or control the tipping of bulk materials at the site.

Mr. Kenny was employed by J & H Construction Ltd. who had been subcontracted by principal contractor J H Hallam (Contracts) Ltd. to do the groundworks at the site.

J H Hallam (Contracts) Ltd., of Leicester Road, Oadby, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. J & H Construction, of De La Bere Crescent, Burbage, Hinckley, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the same Act.

J H Hallam (Contracts) Ltd. was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 costs. J & H Construction Ltd. was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 costs.

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