Travis Perkins fined £2m after customer death

Builders’ merchants Travis Perkins, received a £2million fine and additional prosecution costs of £114,812.76 after a court case regarding a customer death came to a close yesterday, which was labelled by the judge as “an accident waiting to happen”.

Mark John Pointer, 44, died in November 2012 after being crushed by a company vehicle at the Travis Perkins Trading Company Limited premises in Old Wolverton.

Mr Pointer was loading planks of wood onto the roof rack of his Land Rover when he fell backwards onto the yard surface. He was then run over by the wheels of a company vehicle operating in the yard, and died from crushing injuries.

Travis Perkins appeared before Amersham Crown Court on Thursday 28th April for sentencing, after pleading guilty to two offences under the Health and Safety at work act.

Investigating officer, Martin Brown, said: “We are pleased with the result and find imposed as it reiterates the importance of treating health and safety seriously.

“Individuals falling whilst loading and unloading vehicles is a common risk. The company had failed to ensure loading and unloading activities were undertaken in a safe manner in a safe area.”

John Carter, chief executive of Travis Perkins Plc commented: “it’s with deep regret that we acknowledge the conclusion of the court hearing regarding the tragic incident that occurred in 2012. Our thoughts continue to be with the family of Mr Pointer.

“Minimising the risks for everyone working in and visiting our challenging environment is my responsibility, and I take it very seriously. Safety will remain at the top of our agenda; we will continue to apply the lessons learnt from this terrible event with the aim of ensuring that an accident such as this never occurs again.”

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