North Staffordshire Justice Centre have prosecuted Staffordshire County Council after a man was struck and killed by part of a falling oak tree on 3rd October 2019, due to the council failing to inspect and maintain trees in the boundaries of the Isabel Trail.
All local authorities have a legal responsibility to manage the risks and hazards posed by trees within their remit. However, Staffordshire County Council had omitted the Isabel Trail resulting in tragic
consequences from a tree that was evaluated by the HSE as likely to fall and cause injury. Further to this, had this responsibility have been upheld, this incident could have easy been avoided.
As a result, the council pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and were fined £300,000.
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