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'Safety flaws' led to man's death
A site foreman and building company director have been fined a total of 20,000 after a labourer was killed when he was crushed by a truck.

Alex Hayden, 28, of Denton, Manchester, was driving for A & A Building Services when his lorry fell down an embankment in Stoke-on-Trent on 31 August 2005.

Foreman Paul Nolan and director Darren Atkins were convicted of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

But Nolan was cleared of manslaughter after a 13-day trial.

A judge at Stafford Crown Court fined Nolan, 43, also of Denton, 5,000 and ordered him to pay 1,000 costs.

Hopefully the outcome will provide some comfort for Mr Hayden's family
Det Ch Insp Phil Lee

He had been responsible for health and safety on the site at the City Park Trading Estate, off Dewsbury Road, Fenton.

Atkins, 42, director of A & A Building Services and Nolan's manager, was fined 15,000 plus 7,700 costs.

Both men had denied all charges against them.

'Safety flaws'

The company itself was fined 55,000 and ordered to pay 6,000 costs after admitting at an earlier hearing that it had breached the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The court heard Mr Hayden had been driving the nine-tonne truck for two months, during which time he had been involved in two other accidents and had not received proper training.

There were no safety bars in place or a trained "banks man" to stop the truck falling on the day of the fatal incident.

Mr Hayden jumped from the vehicle after he lost control but was crushed on landing, the court heard.

A joint investigation was launched by police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Det Ch Insp Phil Lee, from Staffordshire Police, said: "Our inquiries uncovered a catalogue of major health and safety flaws at the site that meant, unfortunately, Mr Hayden's death was a tragedy waiting to happen.

"Hopefully the outcome will provide some comfort for Mr Hayden's family as they live with his loss."


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