British county fined over man killed by tree branch

MEXICO CITY (apro). – Newcastle Magistrates Court fined Stafford County Council £300,000 for the death of 58-year-old Neville Scattergood, who died after falling from an oak branch.

In addition, at a hearing held on December 22, the board was ordered to pay a fee of 13,165 pounds plus an additional 181 pounds to the victim’s relatives.

The county fine was for a tree on a trail near Eccleshall Road Cemetery not part of an inspection program planned by the board in 2009 and the board acknowledged a violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

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