Council fined for role in death of pensioner

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A COUNCIL has been fined for breaching health and safety rules after a pensioner was killed by a reversing bin lorry.

Derrick Baines was returning home from shopping in his mobility scooter when he was hit by the lorry in July 2008.

The 76-year-old, of Mellish Road, Langold, near Dinnington, died later in hospital.

Nottingham Crown Court heard the lorry, which was on a missed collection in Mr Baines’s street, only had a one-man crew.

The Health and Safety Executive said the incident could have been prevented had there been a reversing assistant at the back of the vehicle.

Bassetlaw Council was yesterday fined £25,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,987 after admitting breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Speaking afterwards, David Butter, HSE inspector, said: “If the council had staffed the refuse collection lorry appropriately, then Mr Baines would probably still be alive today.

“Another worker should have been present and could have prevented this needless loss of life.”