Mobile Sweepers (Reading) boss fined over worker death

A road-sweeping company's director has been fined for safety offences after a worker was killed.

Malcolm Hinton, 56, died in 2012 when a raised hopper for collecting dirt fell on him at a Mobile Sweepers (Reading) Ltd depot in Headley, Hampshire.

Mervyn Owens was fined £183,000 after he admitted a charge under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

A police and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the hopper was in poor condition.

'Wholly avoidable'

Mobile Sweepers also pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 1 of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007. The company was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £4,000 in costs.

Mr Hinton was crushed on 6 March 2012 when the hopper fell back after losing hydraulic pressure.

An investigation found a prop designed to take the weight of the hopper when it was in the raised tipping position could not be used due to poor maintenance.

Speaking after sentencing at Winchester Crown Court, HSE principal inspector Steve Hull said Mr Hinton's death was "wholly avoidable".

"Planned, preventive maintenance procedures should be in place for all work vehicles to ensure they are kept in good condition," he said.

Owens was also disqualified from holding the position of company director for five years.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Hampshire & Isle of Wight



10 °C 2 °C


  • Elderly manSuicide decline

    The number of old people killing themselves has fallen. Why?

  • Petrol pumpPumping up

    Why are petrol prices rising again?

  • Image of George from Tube CrushTube crush

    How London's male commuters set Chinese hearts racing

  • TricycleTreasure trove

    The lost property shop stuffed with diamonds, bikes... and a leg

  • Boris Nemtsov'I loved Nemtsov'

    A murder in an atmosphere of hatred and intolerance

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.