The National Coal Mining Museum Trust and two engineering companies have been ordered to pay a total of £590,000 in fines and costs after a worker was crushed and killed at the museum in 2011.
Dad-of-two Michael Buckingham, 58, of Barnsley, died after he became trapped between a tunnel construction machine and a dumper loader that he was operating.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that he was part of a team engaged in the second phase of a £2.7 million improvement project who were working overnight at Caphouse Colliery, Overton.
The museum trust was fined £10,000 with £35,000 costs after admitting breaching the Management and Administration of Safety and Health at Mines Regulations 1993.
But the court heard the museum’s acts and omissions were not a cause of Mr Buckingham’s death. The public were not put at risk and its culpability was considerably less than the other two defendants.
Co-defendants Amalgamated Construction Ltd (AMCO), of Barugh Green, Barnsley, who employed Mr Buckingham, were fined a total of £110,000 with £245,000 costs after admitting a breach of the Health & Safety at Work Act plus a breach of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.
Metal Innovations Ltd, of Unit 54 Business Park, Llandow, Cowbridge, Wales, was fined £80,000 with £110,000 in costs after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act in connection with the supply of machinery.
Afterwards, HSE principal inspector for mines Paul Bradley said: “The Trust’s failure did not play a direct role in the tragic loss of life, unlike the combination of failures of the other two defendants.”