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Nightfreight fined £300,000 over driver death

A logistics company has been fined £300,000 after an employee was crushed to death by one of its trucks.

Russell Homer, 44, died at Nightfreight Distribution, Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, in 2010 when the lorry he was working on rolled forward.

The company had previously pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Northampton Crown Court heard there were no appropriate measures in place to prevent vehicles from rolling.

Nightfreight Distribution GB Ltd was also ordered to pay £26,000 in costs.

Mr Homer had left the handbrake off as he went to couple a tractor unit to the trailer in a sloped bay.

After striking him, the lorry rolled a further 88ft (27 metres) before crashing into a wall.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that although drivers had been given safety training, there were no appropriate measures in place to prevent vehicles parked on the slope from rolling away.

Nightfreight Distribution GB Ltd is based in Willenhall in the West Midlands.

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