A director at Austin Brickwork in Hungerford, Hampshire, was fined £20,000 at Southampton Crown Court after a site death in 2000. The firm itself was fined an additional £40,000.
The court was told that a forklift truck driven by an employee killed Kevin Moyle, from Hungerford, who was working on a site in Basingstoke last August.

The Health and Safety Executive, which brought the prosecution, found that the driver of the forklift was not qualified to operate the vehicle.

Julian Austin, director of Austin Brickwork, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 by instructing an untrained employee to drive the forklift truck.

Austin Brickwork was also fined for a similar offence under another section of the act. The company was ordered to pay £8799 in costs.

n Rail contractor Jarvis Facilities was last week fined £7000 for breaching a health and safety regulation by magistrates in Towcester, Northamptonshire.

The HSE brought the prosecution after an incident at Weedon, when rail maintenance workers were nearly injured after an engineering train was moved with insufficient warning. Several workers had to jump clear when the train collided with a trolley loaded with welding equipment.

Jarvis admitted the offence.