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Father Of Six Dies After Being Crushed By Skip Loader

A businessman in Kent was sentenced following the death of a landscape gardener.

47 year old Ken Pinkerton was killed after the one-tonne skip loader tipped over. The loader, which was like a dumper and a mini digger, was hired by the gardener to carry out some work on a garden in Reigate.

On the day of the incident, the mini digger he was using had turned over and therefore he had to use the loader in an attempt to upright the digger.  As he was doing this, the loader reversed over a pile of garden waste and tipped over.  The gardener was thrown off and crushed by the loader.  He sustained fatal injuries.

The incident took place in September 2011.

According to an investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive, the gardener had been supplied with construction equipment that was unsafe.

Brian Beavis, the traders of Heavy Plant Repairs from Kent, was prosecuted for safety failings by the HSE.

The HSE found that the skip loader had several flaws.  These included:

  • The loader didn’t have a seat belt
  • The loader had a missing spring which meant that the engine cover was not secured
  • It was not possible to operate the roll-over protection

The court was told that the 47 year old had his own landscaping business and he was hired in Reigate to undertake some work in a garden.  He lived with his six children and his partner in Herne Bay.

The HSE also found several defects with the loader.  In addition, it was established that Mr Beavis had not provided any kind of user information for the equipment that was supplied to the gardener.

The businessman admitted to breaching Health and Safety at Work Act.

He was given a prison sentence of nine months and was ordered to pay a compensation of £10,000 to Mr Pinkerton’s partner.