November 2012, Mark John Pointer was loading planks of wood onto his Land Rover when he fell backwards onto the yard surface after the straps he was using broke. The man was then run over by the vehicle that was working in the yard and died from crushing injuries.
Travis Perkins pleaded guilty to breaching sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. As well as the fine they were ordered to pay £114,813 in costs.
The company had originally denied a link between the offences and the death but had later acknowledged they was linked to the death of an employee.
The investigation was led by Martin Brown, environmental team leader at Milton Keynes Council. After the hearing on Friday 27 April, Brown said: “The Company had failed to ensure loading and unloading activities were undertaken in a safe manner in a safe area.”