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Re: Tree failure & fatality

Subject: Re: Tree failure & fatality
From: Wayne Tyson
Date: Jan 10 2022 20:55:56
How is a "freak accident" defined?

WT

On Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 2:27 AM Jon Heuch <jh@xxxxxxxx.co.uk> wrote:

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.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/dog-walker-killed-tree-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.hse-network.com/council-prosecuted-after-member-of-the-public-killed-by-falling-tree/#:~:text=Prosecution%20Staffordshire%20County%20Council%20of%201%20Staffordshire%20Place%2C,of%20the%20Health%20and%20Safety%20at%20Work%20Act>
.




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