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Fine for JD and RL Spalton

A 42-year-old worker from Church Broughton, who did not wish to be identified, sustained serious injuries, when the Quad-bike he was purpose riding, for rounding-up sheep, overturned.

The Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court heard that at the time of the accident, JD and RL Spalton, represented in Court by one of the partners, Mr David Spalton employed the injured man. It was further stated, that when the accident occurred on 9 June 2010, the Quad-bike was being driven along a track at Lodge Hill Farm, Barton Blount.

Subsequent to the accident, the authorities conducted an investigation into its circumstances. It was found that at the time, the vehicle was in a poorly maintained condition, with defective tyres, steering and brakes. The tyres has been over-inflated, contrary to the manufactories specifications, displayed on the vehicle.

David Spalton pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 and Regulation 5 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
The Court imposed a fine of £2,500 and ordered Mr Spalton to pay £2,000 costs.