Transport firm fined after worker’s death


A road transport firm has been fined £150,000 after a driver suffered life-changing injuries and later died following an incident where he fell from an unsecured ladder.

Keith Brookes, who was 59 at the time of the accident, fell from a ladder during an operation to unload items from a lorry at the Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club in November 2012.

The HSE probed the incident and prosecuted Mr Brookes’ employer, Norfolk-based David Watson Transport Ltd, after finding the company had failed to properly safeguard workers from falls.

As well as the £150,000 fine, the company was also ordered to pay costs of £88,030.69 after being found guilty to three counts of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.