Sutton Straw Plant Planning Procedural Changes After Man's Death

THE world s largest straw-fuelled power plant is planning procedural changes following the death of a haulier at its Sutton premises. EPR Limited, who took over the running of the electricity-generating plant in 2004, is to make changes to the delivery a

THE world's largest straw-fuelled power plant is planning procedural changes following the death of a haulier at its Sutton premises.

EPR Limited, who took over the running of the electricity-generating plant in 2004, is to make changes to the delivery area where 53-year-old Barway haulier, Gary Robert Darnell, was crushed by a two-tonne bale in September.

Mr Darnell, an experienced haulier, was employed by Ely-based firm Eastern Landworks and regularly delivered to the EPR plant on Elean Business Park.

He left a wife of 34 years, Yvonne, and three children, Jamie, Lee, 33, Jamie, 31, and Nikki, 30, as well as four grandchildren.


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As health and safety investigators' reports are submitted to the coroner, EPR has submitted its own plans to East Cambs District Council. Changes described by a spokesperson as "tweaks" include allowing lorries a wider turning circle and creating a "habitat" - shelter - for drivers whilst bales are unloaded.

"We are just following normal protocol," said the spokesperson.

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East Cambs District Council is considering those proposals alongside changes to delivery routes. Haddenham Parish Council met with EPR representatives last month to discuss lorries using the village as a shortcut, and spilling straw on the road, and decisions are expected by March 12.

A date for the jury inquest into Mr Darnell's death is expected to be set by May.

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