Viridor To Be Prosecuted Over Skip Lorry Death

Viridor is set to be prosecuted over the death of man who was run over by his own skip lorry at Derriford Hospital, in Plymouth, 2015.

According to reports by the Plymouth Herland, the Health and Safety Executive is bringing four charges against Viridor, following the death of Mr Lee Jane, 57, who was tragically pulled under his unmanned skip lorry as it rolled down a hill.

The charges relate to systems of working, training and risk assessments, and a preliminary hearing is due to take place at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Wednesday 7 June.

Commenting on the case, a spokesman for Viridor, said: “The death of our colleague Lee Jane in June 2015 was a tragedy and our thoughts continue to be with his family and friends at their devastating loss.

Viridor – “Since the incident we have been co-operating fully with the relevant authorities and continue to do so. We take our health and safety responsibilities very seriously.”

“Since the incident we have been co-operating fully with the relevant authorities and continue to do so. We take our health and safety responsibilities very seriously.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

The tragedy occurred after Mr Jane had tried to stop his skip lorry from smashing into the side of Derriford Hospital in Plymouth when he was pulled under the wheel, an inquest heard.

Mr Jane, a refuse lorry driver from Plymouth, was seen running after the rolling vehicle shortly before it hit the wall of a building housing the hospital radio team.

A post mortem concluded the cause of death was multiple internal injuries caused by the skip lorry driver being “dragged under the wheels of the vehicle.”

The inquest heard that Mr Jane had failed to apply the manual parking brakes on his vehicle, causing it to roll down the hill.

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