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    MAJOR UK FIRMS FAILED ON VEHICLE MANAGEMENT

    Worker struck and injured when towed trolley and load overturned

    Two major UK companies have been fined after a worker was seriously injured by a trolley carrying hydraulic rams in October 2013.

    Stafford Crown Court heard how an employee of DHL Services Limited (DHL) was auditing in-coming deliveries of equipment in an outside yard at JCB World Headquarters when he was struck from behind by falling machinery.

    At the time of the incident the machinery was being towed by an electric tug and weighed approximately 770kg. The trolley toppled on its side trapping the DHL employee between the trolley and a stillage.

    He suffered multiple serious injuries including fractures and internal injuries.

    Effective segregation of pedestrians and vehicles lacking

    HSE investigators found a number of safety failures related to this auditing activity and the segregation between employees and vehicles using this area, leading to an unsafe system of work.

    In addition to the injured worker, the investigation also identified that employees of JC Bamford Excavators Ltd accessed this area as pedestrians when vehicles were operating.

    • DHL Services Limited – of Midsummer Boulevard, Central, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £266,000 and ordered to pay costs of £23,370.22.
    • J C Bamford Excavators Limited –  of Lakeside Works, Rocester, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £375,000 and ordered to pay costs of £37,235.42.

    HSE Inspector David Brassington said after the hearing:

    “The dangers of failing to provide effective segregation between pedestrians and vehicles are well known. Both of these companies were well versed in transport risk management and both fell well below the required standard in ensuring that such risks were effectively managed in this area.”

    These failings allowed a pedestrian worker into a busy area where vehicles were coming and going and as a result the worker sustained serious injuries from which he has still not recovered.”

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