NO ONE will face charges following the death of a Fareham dustman who was crushed when accidentally run over by his dustcart at a Hampshire landfill site.

All investigations into the death of 60-year-old Archie Whitear, pictured above, from Portchester are now complete.

Safety investigators looking into the accident have revealed they will be taking no action against his employers or the operators of the site.

Mr Whitear, who was weeks away from retirement after 37 years of service, fell beneath the wheels of a dustcart driven by one of his colleagues at the Paulsgrove Landfill Site in Port Solent in January, 2003.

He was attempting to swing up on to the side step of the vehicle by using the wing mirror bracket when he slipped.

Inspector Roger Upfold, of the Health and Safety Executive, said: "No enforcement notices have been issued and no prosecutions were deemed necessary.

"The principal duty holders in this case have received a lot of advice, taken a considerable amount of action and made enormous improvements on a number of issues."

Mr Whitear's wife Patricia was contacted by the Daily Echo at the family home at the Crossways, but she did not wish to speak publicly about the investigation.

Site operators Onyx also declined to comment.

Mr Whitear left a son David, daughter Julie and five grandchildren.