Walmersley firm loses transport licence after conviction for corporate manslaughter13 December 2017

Walmersley-based business SR & RJ Brown has had its transport licence revoked from 31 January 2018, following the company’s conviction for corporate manslaughter.

Employee Benjamin Edge was killed in 2014, when he fell from a roof he was working on.

“I find it difficult to envisage a much more serious set of circumstances than those that surround the role of this company in the death of Benjamin Edge. That is, two of its directors (the Brown brothers) committing the company far beyond its capability, acting in a reckless fashion, not keeping fellow directors informed and then seeking to cover up in a most despicable fashion what they had done when things went wrong,” said Simon Evans, North West traffic commissioner, in his written decision.

The regulator added: “The operator is expected to put in place safe systems of work whether related to transport or not, to be operated in conjunction with its transport manager, to ensure the safety of staff deployed in the business.

“I am not satisfied taking into account the history of this operator, that I can be assured that the sort of system and process failures that led to the death of Benjamin Edge will not be repeated in the future in the context of transport, particularly with the Brown brothers playing such a prominent role in it.”

Laura Cork

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