Company forced to pay fine following 2006 incident

Reading Festival promoters, Reading Festvals Ltd, have been fined for breaching health and safety rules in preparation for the event in 2006.

Charges were brought against the company after a crane ran into power lines during prepartions for the 2006 event.

Reading Magistrate’s Court ruled today (October 8) that the company had failed to carry out a proper risk assessment and ensure its workers’ safety, reports BBC News.

A £4,000 fine was ordered, with £21,769 in legal costs also due to be paid.

Meanwhile, festival organiser Melvin Benn was cleared of 18 counts of failing to ensure the safety of contractors.