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Developer Fined After Lorry Comes Into Contact With Power Lines

A developer in Kettering has been fined after a lorry came into contact with overhead power lines, which resulted in electricity supply to local homes being cut.

Hazelton Homes (Midlands) Ltd, to which the lorry belongs, was delivering stone on 28 March 2012 at Old Hall Close when the body of the tipper lorry hit the power lines.  This brought the power lines to the ground.

Eleven homes in the nearby area were without electricity supply for three hours.

Following an investigation into the incident by the HSE, it was revealed that the company had failed to ensure that adequate warnings signs were provided.

On 02 July 2013, Leicester Magistrates Court heard that the company’s quantity surveyor had warned the developer almost three weeks before the incident regarding the need for warning signs and barriers and the dangers of the overhead power lines.

The HSE found that the power lines were neither redirected away nor it was made dead before work was carried out.  Suspended protections and warnings signs were not in place and there were also no procedures for receiving deliveries.

When the site was visited by HSE inspectors on 06 November 2012, they found that the warnings signs regarding presence of power lines had been removed.

The company was ordered to pay a fine of £8,000 with an additional of £4,214 in costs.