Kevin Hoare, director of South Coast Skips, has been prosecuted along with his company for the death of 66-year-old Lindsay Campbell.
Mr Campbell was working in an excavator bucket with another man (an agency worker) when it tipped. Both of them fell 9 meters down from the bucket and on to a concrete floor killing Mr Campbell and causing the other worker serious leg injuries. The incident took place at the company's Rudford Industrial Estate premises.
The bucket tipped due to a loss of hydraulic pressure. It was not designed to lift people and therefore had no safety equipment present in case such a problem occurred.
As the HSE explains:
"South Coast Skips Ltd of Rudford Industrial Estate, Ford, Arundel pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act, 1974 (HASWA,1974) was fined £65,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,000.
Mr Kevin Hoare, 65, of Fareham, Hampshire pleaded guilty to section 37 of HASWA, 1974 and was given a 12 month custodial sentence suspended for 18 months."
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