Car maintenance company owner prosecuted after fatality

Mark Walker, who operated a Berkshire car maintenance business, was fined £7,500 and ordered to do community work after reversing into and killing a 70-year-old customer in his van. The customer was walking away after leaving vehicle for an oil leak to be repaired, when Mr Walker’s van reversed into him. It was found that there was no system in place for managing the movement of vehicles, particularly reversing vehicles, in the yard. The van had no direct rear visibility and a retro-fitted rear monitoring camera was not in use.

HSE also established that Mark Walker did not physically check whether the route was clear of any person or arrange for assistance when reversing. The costs of the prosecution costs were covered through insurance. HSE commented that pedestrians and vehicles should always be segregated, and if that cannot happen then other precautions should be put in place.

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