East Yorkshire firm Montracon fined over worker's death

Ronald Wood
Image caption Ronald Wood, 59, died in hospital after being hit by a 3.5 tonne machine

An East Yorkshire trailer manufacturer has been fined £100,000 after a worker was killed by a machine falling on him.

Ronald Wood, 59, was hit on the head by a 3.5 tonne steel vacuum lifter when it was knocked from its mountings by a trailer being towed out of the Montracon factory in Market Weighton.

Mr Wood was knocked unconscious and died in hospital the same day in 2009.

The company was fined a total of £100,000 and ordered to pay £33,030 in costs.

Hull Crown Court heard Mr Wood was standing underneath the steel lifter with a fellow worker on 15 September 2009, when a large trailer, which was being towed out of the factory, hit the brackets holding the machine in place.

The impact knocked it loose and it fell more than 3.5m (11ft), landing on top of Mr Wood. His colleague escaped with only a minor injury.

Montracon Ltd, registered at Carr Hill in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two breaches of health and safety legislation.

Insp Steven Kay, who carried out the Health and Safety Executive's investigation, said after the hearing: "There were obvious failures in basic safety precautions, sadly leading to an unnecessary death and the tragic bereavement of a family.

In a statement to the court on behalf of the victim's family, his daughter Emma Wood said: "To many he was a friend and work colleague, to us he was a husband, dad, granddad and great-granddad who we miss dearly every day."

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