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DARLINGTON FINED AFTER ROAD ENGINEER DIES

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Magistrates last week ruled that safety measures provided by Darlington BC for a road engineer who was knocked down...
Magistrates last week ruled that safety measures provided by Darlington BC for a road engineer who was knocked down and killed as he assessed a road for repairs were inadequate.

Peter Best was killed while he and a partner stood on the verge of the A68 at Toy Top in County Durham.

A car crossed both lanes of the road and left the ground before it struck Mr Best. Darlington was fined£5,000 for failing to ensure the workers' safety and£2,000 for failing to carry out a satisfactory risk assessment after being found guilty of the charges, which it had denied.

It was also ordered to pay£5,398 to the Health and Safety Executive, which brought the prosecution.

A council spokesman said after the hearing: 'This was an unfortunate and upsetting accident. The safety of our workers is paramount. We have already looked at our operating procedures and will continue to review them in the light of the court's findings. The decision is likely to have implications for operating procedures for other local authorities and contractors.'
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