Huge fine after man loses leg in accident

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WATERLOOVILLE firm Johnson Controls has been fined £65,000 after a man lost his leg when he was run over by a cherry picker.

The building maintenance company was sentenced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) today after 62-year-old Ken Brown was run over as he directed the cherry picker down a one-way road at a nuclear site in Cumbria in May 2011.

The accident was so severe doctors had to amputate Mr Brown’s left leg above the knee.

The only advice the company gave to its employees when directing cherry pickers was to wear a high visibility waistcoat. No specific training was provided for the task.

Johnson Controls, based in Waterberry Drive, was prosecuted after an investigation found there had not been a safe system of work for the task, and relevant training had not been provided.

The company was fined £65,000 and ordered to pay £8,162 in prosecution costs.

Speaking after the hearing, the investigating inspector at HSE, Faye Wingfield, said: ‘Kenneth Brown has suffered a terrible injury that will affect him for the rest of his life due to the failings of his employer.’