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Firms fined £500k over dumper truck death


TWO contractors and a company director were hit with penalties of more than £460,000 last week following the death of a dumper truck driver.

Shaun Riley, 31, died when his machine overturned trying to move earth while working for principal contractor Ruttle Contracting at Heskin Hall Farm, near Chorley, Lancashire, in January 2003.

Health & Safety Executive inspector Ian Connor, said: 'The truck was fitted with seat belts and rollover protection but Mr Riley was not wearing his belt and was neither trained nor supervised on the work he was undertaking.'

Ruttle Contracting of Ackhurst Road, Chorley, was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £75,000 costs. Chargot, which is based at the same address and employed Mr Riley, was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay £37,500 costs.

George Ruttle, 62, a director of Ruttle Contracting, was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay £103,500 costs.