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Balfour Beatty appeals over £650,000 crash court ruling

Contractors Balfour Beatty and Enterprise have appealed against a court ruling ordering them to pay £650,000 following a man’s death.

William Collins, 49 of Stoke-on-Trent died after colliding with a stationary lorry owned by Enterprise at road works on the A50 near Uttoxeter. Balfour Beatty was managing the works and had subcontracted Enterprise for traffic management.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation concluded that Enterprise had failed to carry out a suitable risk assessment, while Balfour Beatty failed to adequately monitor its subcontractors.

“Enterprise relied on a generic risk assessment for a lane closure rather than properly assessing the road and implementing a suitable system of traffic management for a full closure,” said HSE inspector Katharine Walker.

“As the organisation responsible for what happened on the road, Balfour Beatty should have checked the assessment and identified this failing.”

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