Truck driver fined for carrying rubble without covering in Shirebrook

Police in Shirebrook handed a truck driver a ticket for transporting tones of soil and rubble without a safety covering – nearly 12 months after a man from the town died when concrete fell off a lorry.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 7:09 pm

The Safer Neighbourhood Team stopped the lorry carrying tonnes of materials ‘without the appropriate safety netting covering’ on Monday (May 24).

Officers issued the driver with a ticket and in a post on Facebook outlined there were ‘growing concerns’ that folk are frequently transporting unsecure and unsafe loads.

It comes after a ‘doting’ Derbyshire granddad was killed in front of his wife and grandchildren when a concrete block fell from a lorry and smashed through their windscreen.

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Officers in Shirebrook issued a fine to a truck driver transporting tonnes of soil and rubble without a safety net covering.

Steven Oscroft was taking his two grandchildren strawberry picking in Ollerton when the incident happened on Netherfield Lane in Perlethorpe cum Budby.

The 60-year-old had wanted to seize an opportunity for a family day out during the easing of lockdown measures on July 7, 2020.

But he died at the scene when the concrete smashed through the windscreen of his Hyundai IX35, while his wife and two grandchildren who were also in the car were unharmed.

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A 64-year-old man was arrested shortly afterwards on suspicion of dangerous driving and released without charge after Nottinghamshire Police's serious collision investigation concluded there were no offences against the driver or the haulage company in question.

On Tuesday, May 4, an inquest determined into Mr Oscroft’s death concluded he died as a result of a road traffic collision after a piece of concrete fell from an uncovered part of a lorry from Paul Wainwright Construction Services in Hucknall.

His family have called for stricter rules for drivers and companies which carry loads along with tougher penalties for those who break them.

Now Shirebrook SNT has encouraged drivers of heavy load vehicles to transport goods safely, writing: “We have today stopped and ticketed a lorry carrying tonnes of soil and rubble without the appropriate safety netting covering.

“There has been growing concerns of this happening way to often - due to an unfortunate incident recently and though things have improved, it is clearly still ongoing.

“We will continue to do our best but URGE Lorry drivers to THINK when travelling with loads like this.”

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