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Mark Balysz has secured the acquittal of a national waste management company

Mark Balysz has secured the acquittal of a national waste management company on charges of breaching ss.2 and 3 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, after a two week trial at Plymouth Crown Court before HHJ Johnson. The prosecution followed the death of a skip driver after his vehicle and trailer rolled away down the hill on which he was coupling the two together. The incident occurred at Derriford hospital, where a building was so badly damaged in the incident that it had to be demolished. The Company, a large organisation, was convicted of failing to have made a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and was sentenced to a fine of £237,500. The judge in sentencing made clear that the offence was neither the cause of the driver’s death nor did it expose employees or non-employees to risk.



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