£2m fine for builders’ merchant who ran over customer

In an example of how the new Sentencing Guideline will affect the level of punishment for safety offences, Travis Perkins were fined £2m after a 42-year-old customer was hit by a reversing company vehicle in the yard at the Milton Keynes branch.

Amersham Crown Court heard that the customer was loading planks of wood when a strap broke and he fell into the adjacent parking space. He was then struck by an approaching vehicle that was intending to park in the space.

Travis Perkins had not complied with their own policy of using a banksman when pedestrians were in the nearby area. Costs of £115,000 were also imposed on the firm.

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