Sheffield firm fined for tragic incident which killed worker

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A Sheffield company that crushed rubble from building and demolition waste has been fined £300,000 after an employee was killed by an overturning skip lorry in Derbyshire in 2008.

David Vickers, aged 37, of Walton in Chesterfield, was tipping a skip at Adis Scaffolding’s site in Markham Lane, Duckmanton, when the incident happened.

A subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the skip was mis-hooked, there was no safe system of work for the skip operation, there was inadequate training and instruction, the skip lorry controls were not marked, and the risk assessment for loading and unloading skips fell short.

Adis Scaffolding Ltd, now in liquidation but formerly of Queen Street, Sheffield, was fined £300,000 and ordered to pay £124,468 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.