Friday, 9 October 2009

Reading Festival Bosses Fined for Health and Safety Breaches

The company that organises the Reading Festival have been fined £4,000 after admitting health and safety breaches in preparation for the event in 2006.

Reading Magistrate's Court ruled that Reading Festivals Ltd failed to carry out a proper risk assessment and failed to ensure the safety of workers.

The charges were brought against the company after two men were hurt when a crane ran into power lines during preparations for the festival in August 2006.

The company has agreed to pay £21,769 in prosecution costs.

Earlier, festival promoter Melvin Benn had more than 18 charges of failing to ensure the safety of contractors against him dropped by Reading Borough Council.

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