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Cornish car park owner jailed for ignoring safety

Nicholas Andrew Eastwood of The Burrows, St Ives, has been jailed for ignoring safety issues on land he owns.

Truro Crown Court heard that following a complaint, inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the land, they found part of the land being used as a car park near the edge of a valley slope, with a steep 30-metre drop to houses below.

HSE issued a Prohibition Notice preventing pedestrian and vehicle access five metres from the edge of the slope and Improvement Notices requiring suitable protection from falls.

18 months later emergency services were called to the site because a car was spotted hanging over the edge of the slope. Householders living below the site were evacuated while the car was removed.

Nicholas Andrew Eastwood of The Burrows, St Ives, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 3 (2) and 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was given a custodial sentence of nine months for breaching Section 33(1)(g).

HSE Press Release.

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