BREAKING: Burghley House Preservation Trust hit with £266,000 fine after butler is crushed to death

Burghley House and deer
Burghley House and deer
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Burghley House Preservation Trust has been handed a fine of more than a quarter of a million pounds following the death of an employee.

The trust, which runs Burghley House on the edge of Stamford, was today (February 27) handed a fine of £266,000 by Judge Sean Enright at Peterborough Crown Court.

It had pleaded guilty to health and safety failings at a previous hearing in the form of one count of failing to ensure the welfare of their employee.

On July 12, 2014, butler Arthur Mellar (47) was crushed in a luggage lift at the Elizabethan estate and died in hospital hours later.

Mr Mellar, whose family was at the hearing, was injured attempting to free a piece of luggage caught in the lift in the private part of the house, when the lift fell on him.

The trust will also have to pay £16,861.35 in costs.