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Waste Management Firm Fined after Death of Worker

A Derbyshire based waste management and plant hire company has been fined after a worker sustained fatal head injuries.


On 26th November 2013, Matthew Lambert was filling up the fuel tank of the road sweeper he was operating at Leedale Limited’s yard. As he was refuelling at the rear of the vehicle, a tipper lorry reversed into the Mr Lambert, fatally crushing the 39 year old.

HSE Investigation & Fines

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was found that there were no set rules in place for the reversing of vehicles. Furthermore, investigators found that lighting at the site was below the required standard and that no marked pedestrian or vehicle routes were visible in the yard.

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Leedale Limited, of Heage Road Industrial Estate, Heage Road, Ripley, Derbyshire was fined a total of £300,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £50,737.

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

If you have been injured in the workplace you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discover today whether you have a claim. Speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 888 6 888 or email

Source: Health & Safety Executive

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