UK Coal Mining Ltd has been fined £125,000 by Nottingham Crown Court over the death of John Harbron, a locomotive driver from Nottinghamshire at Thoresby Colliery in July 2009. The company, however, is unable to pay the fine or the £175,000 in legal costs due to the fact that it restructured last year. Furthermore, it has ceased trading and has no assets to speak of. UK Coal Mining Ltd admitted guilt to violating the Health and Safety at Work Act.
47-year-old Mr Harbron had been in the middle of unloading 40 steel pipes from a rail car when suddenly they rolled on him. Mr Harbron was pronounced dead at the scene after he sustained several severe injuries.
Four written reports had been written by locomotive drivers in the 18 months before the death of Mr Habron concerning the instability of these pipes. The managers, however, failed to act on these concerns or implement changes to improve safety at the colliery. The company has claimed that they have made safety improvements since Mr Habron’s death.
Sharon,Mr Harbron’s widow, expressed the fact that she was “not very happy” following the hearing: