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Tree failure & fatality

Subject: Tree failure & fatality
From: Jon Heuch
Date: Jan 10 2022 10:27:45
It is interesting to read these three reports which slipped into the media
just before Christmas as far as I can see:

 

The newspaper has some vital evidence which suggests that the council had
received reports but not done anything/sufficient. The HSE reports the facts
of the matter as prosecutor. The council's website reads "council
fined"..after a "freak accident". Is this not something of a contradiction -
a freak accident doesn't lead to a fine (?).  Coroner recorded an accidental
verdict. The leader of the council's statement appears to acknowledge
shortcomings.

 

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/dog-walker-killed-t
ree-council-6393580

 

https://www.hse-network.com/council-prosecuted-after-member-of-the-public-ki
lled-by-falling-tree/#:~:text=Prosecution%20Staffordshire%20County%20Council
%20of%201%20Staffordshire%20Place%2C,of%20the%20Health%20and%20Safety%20at%2
0Work%20Act.

 

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Newsroom/Articles/2021/12-December/Council-
fined-over-accidental-death.aspx

 

If the council does have a relevant "Code of Practice" it is not easily
found on their website - in fact I can't find any reference to council owned
trees at all. Anyone seen a copy?

 

 

Jon 

 




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