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Reading haulier firm fined over tipper truck death

J Mould Reading
Image caption Mr Gutteridge had worked at the hauliers for more than 20 years

A Berkshire haulier firm has been fined for safety failings after a worker was knocked down and killed by a lorry.

Brian Gutteridge, 67, from Caversham suffered fatal injuries at J Mould at Burghfield Bridge, near Reading, on 9 November, 2010.

He was crossing a road from the main office to a car park when the 32-tonne vehicle struck him.

John Mould was fined £40,000 and told to pay £17,060 costs at Reading Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

'No crossing points'

Magistrates heard the tipper lorry that hit him had pulled over to the side of the road so the driver could talk to another worker.

It pulled back out just as Mr Gutteridge, who had worked at the firm for 20 years, stepped in front of the vehicle to walk past.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there were no designated crossing points on the road, and nothing to segregate pedestrians and vehicles or guide on who had the right of way.

Daniel Hilbourne, HSE inspector, said: "There was a clear need for a formal traffic management system, including a designated pedestrian crossing, pedestrian walkways, a speed restriction and a strict rule to wear hi-visibility clothing at all times."

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