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Council fined after pensioner killed by reversing bin lorry

Bassetlaw District Council has been fined after a member of the public was killed by a reversing bin lorry.

Derrick Baines, 76, of Mellish Road, Langold, Nottinghamshire, was returning home from the shops on his mobility scooter when he was struck by the lorry on 10 July 2008.

On 3 July, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told Nottingham Crown Court that the lorry, which was on a missed bin collection in Mellish Road, only had a one-man crew and the incident could have been prevented had there been a reversing assistant at the back of the vehicle.

The driver was only aware something was wrong when he noticed shopping spilling into the road behind him. He stopped the lorry and found Mr. Baines trapped underneath who suffered multiple injuries and died later in hospital.

Bassetlaw District Council, of Potter Street, Worksop, pleaded guilty breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Today Nottingham Crown Court fined the council £25,000 and ordered it to pay costs of £12,987.


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