Suffolk road crash: Wolverhampton firm fined £180,000

A roadworks contractor has been fined £180,000 over a crash which left a Suffolk motorcyclist paralysed and unable to communicate.

Glynn Turner, 47, from Ipswich, crashed into traffic signs on the A12 on 7 June 2010 near Benhall, Saxmundham.

He cannot move any part of his body and needs 24-hour care.

On Thursday, Carillion AM Government, of Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court to breaches of health and safety regulations.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which brought the prosecution, found that the first indication of road works was less than 215 yards (200m) before the road closure on a 50mph stretch of the A12.

Regulations state that signs should have been put up at intervals of about 860 yards (800m), 430 yards (400m) and 215 yards (200m) before the closure.

Information signs alerting road users should have also been placed at up to 0.6 mile (1km) in advance, the court heard.

'Dreadful incident'

Carillion AM Government, of Birch Street, Wolverhampton, was fined a total of £180,000 and ordered to pay £28,551 in costs.

Mr Turner's family have been told there is no prospect of his recovery from his multiple injuries which also left him unable to communicate, the court heard.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Sandy Carmichael said: "This was a tragic incident that was utterly life changing, not just for Mr Turner but also for his wife and family.

"He was an experienced driver who travelled that route regularly between his home in Ipswich and his work in Sizewell.

"Had Carillion complied with the industry's code of practice and correctly placed temporary warning signs to alert motorists in good time to the roadworks, this dreadful incident could have been avoided."

A spokesperson for Carillion AM Government said: ‪"Carillion deeply regrets the serious and life-changing injuries suffered by Glynn Turner and the inevitable impact and upset this will have had on him and his family and friends.

"We also regret the part that Carillion played in the events leading to his accident in June 2010.

"Our thoughts at this time are with Mr Turner and his family and friends."‬

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