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Bus Company issued health and safety breaches fine after man crushed in accident

A London bus company was fined for health and safety breaches following an accident where an employee was crushed to death.

Centrewest London Buses Ltd, based in Uxbridge, Hillingdon pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. They were ordered to pay £400,000 as a fine, with costs still to be decided.

Robert Cherry was preparing one of the buses to leave the garage on its daily round. When he stepped between two of the parked buses, one of them lurched suddenly and he was crushed between them. He died at the scene of his injuries.

The garage where the buses were held was believed to be poorly run, with nearly double the amount of vehicles being held inside than considered safe. Originally 65 buses were meant to be held there but at the time of the accident there were 119 within it.

Drivers had also complained about the cramped conditions, and they were often forced to squeeze through tight spaces between buses; sometimes when they were manoeuvring on their way out.

As well as this, many of the buses had technical faults. Ten out of 60 vehicles were found to have serious faults, whilst a further 30% had minor faults with them.

Centrewest London Buses Ltd was fined heavily for these health and safety breaches and failings.

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