Norfolk flower farm must pay £97,932 over tractor death

A flower farm in Norfolk found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of a worker who was electrocuted must pay almost £100,000 in fines and costs.

Grzegorz Pieton, 26, died when his tractor hit 11,000 volt overhead cables at Belmont Nursery, Terrington St Clement, Norfolk, on 15 July 2010.

Mr Pieton had lived and worked at the nursery for some years, Norwich Crown Court was told.

PS and JE Ward Ltd had breached three sections of health and safety laws.

The company had earlier been found not guilty of corporate manslaughter but Judge Stephen Holt said "nevertheless a crime had been committed".

"No-one knows why Mr Pieton ventured into the area he did and he was an experienced tractor driver," he said.

The court case had established the responsibility of the company for its employees under the Health and Safety Act, he said.

Mr Pieton may have acted on his own initiative but this did not diminish its responsibility, the judge added.

He imposed a fine of £50,000 with costs of £47,932.

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