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SAFE SYSTEM DEVISED BUT NOT IMPLEMENTED

Workman injured by goods falling from double-decked trailer

A haulage company has been fined £100,000 after a load from the top of a double-decked trailer fell onto a workman below in February 2015.

Warwick Crown Court heard that a Maxi Haulage Limited employee was injured at a site in Cape Road Warwick, when metal ducting, some 6m long and weighing 28kg, fell from the top deck of the trailer.

The ducting struck his head and caused serious, life changing injuries, including a fractured skull.

HSE investigators he Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that this work site had not implemented systems and procedures for unloading of trailers which had been produced by the company.

It was also discovered that employees were not properly informed about pedestrian and vehicle segregation rules, and little action taken in respect of the actions not being followed.

Measures easily implemented

Maxi Haulage Limited, of Elliott House, Kilwinning Road, Irvine, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and have been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £53,401.

Speaking after the case HSE Inspector Mark Austin said:

“This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply implementing suitable control measures and safe working practices.

The company itself had identified and easily implemented the necessary measures after this tragic event.

Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

 

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