Landscape gardener avoids jail following gate post death of Bentilee dad
A FORMER landscape gardener whose employee suffered fatal head injuries while installing a gate post has avoided an immediate prison sentence.
Eden Maddocks received a suspended sentence at Stafford Crown Court today after pleading guilty to an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Maddocks and his friend and employee Leeson Lavender had been installing a 9ft gate post, weighing a quarter of a tonne, at a property in Keele when the accident occurred on May 20, 2010.
Mr Laveder, a 39-year-old father-of-two from Bentilee, fell from a trailer and sustained a fractured skull when the gate post landed on his head. He dIed in hospital two days later.
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Judge Michael Chambers told Maddocks that the accident had been 'highly foreseeable', but accepted that the defendant had not overlooked health and safety for personal profit.
He handed Maddocks, aged 48, of Leek Road, Bucknall, a 6-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered him to complete 180 hours of unpaid work.