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Hearing date set for prosecution over death of driver

25 May 2017

Plymouth Magistrates' Court will be the location for the trial of Viridor over the death of one of its employees that occurred in June 2015.

The driver of an 18-tonne Telehoist skiploader was killed when the vehicle rolled down a slope and into a building at Derriford Hospital.

A subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has led to the prosecution of Viridor on four charges.

These consist of two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act 1974 and two of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

A Viridor spokesperson described the death of the worker as a "tragedy" and further stated "our thoughts continue to be with his family and friends at their devastating loss".

"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," said the spokesperson and further stated: "It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."

The date of the trial has been set for Wednesday 7 June at Plymouth Magistrates' Court.

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