Two companies have been fined following the death of Mr. William Collins, aged 49, whose car collided with a stationary flatbed lorry on the A50 near Uttoxeter. The road was closed at a junction with the A522 while roadworks were being carried out.
An HSE investigation found that it was not made clear to drivers that the road ahead was closed. The A50 had been reduced to one lane with drivers diverted via a sharp left hand bend. However, the speed limit had not been reduced and so vehicles could still travel at up to 70mph.
The company managing the project was fined £225,000 and ordered to pay £100,000 in costs having been found guilty of breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The second company, who had been responsible for traffic management in relation to the roadworks, was found guilty of the same offence. It was additionally found to be in breach of section 3(1)(b) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 for failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment. The second company was also fined £225,000 and ordered to pay costs of £100,000.
Both companies have lodged an appeal against their conviction.