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Company liquidated after £130,000 fine

Company liquidated after £130,000 fine

Company liquidated after £130,000 fine

A UK company has been fined £130,000 and gone into liquidation after one of its workers was run over by a van.

The worker was hit and killed as the van was reversing outside a cinema in Ashton-on-Ribble in July 2010, says the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

He had been working on a fit out of a new coffee shop inside the cinema for EMC Contracts on the day of the incident. An EMC employee was driving the van when it hit the worker.

A HSE investigation found the company had no system in place to separate construction traffic and pedestrians.

“The company had written a method statement for the work, which identified the risk of pedestrians being injured by vehicles as a main hazard. However, they failed to state what measures should be taken to reduce or eliminate the risk,” the HSE said.

Last week EMC Contracts Ltd, of Faraday Court in Fulwood, was prosecuted and found guilty of breaching UK health and safety laws.

It was fined £130,000 and ordered to pay £52,790 in costs.

The company has gone into voluntary liquidation.

For more details visit the HSE.

Published on 13 March 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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