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Boss fined over bus driver death

Roy Trundell
Bus driver Roy Trundell had been making plans for his retirement

The former managing director of a Sussex bus firm has been fined £5,000 for health and safety failures that led to the death of one of his drivers.

Roy Trundell, 62, from Hailsham, died after he was crushed between two vehicles on 4 September 2006 at the depot he worked from in Eastbourne.

Stephen Barnett, of Eastbourne Buses, was also ordered to pay £5,000 costs.

The judge at Brighton Crown Court fined the company, which has since been bought by Stagecoach, £100,000.

Following an agreement between the two companies, Stagecoach will pay the fine.

'Complete failure'

Mr Trundell, a father-of-two, had been planning an early retirement when he died, having driven buses for nearly 40 years.

He was caught between his bus and a reversing vehicle and died from his injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) concluded that Eastbourne Buses did not have an adequate traffic management plan in place, with no "banksmen" to watch vehicles reversing, and drivers regularly walking around vehicles leaving them exposed to injury.

HSE spokesman Russell Adfield said Mr Trundell had died "through a complete failure of the company to monitor and enforce simple transport instructions".

Speaking after the judgment, Mary Trundell said her husband's death had not been in vain "because his colleagues are [now] safe in that company".

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