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    MAJOR SUPPLIER FINED £1.2M OVER DRIVER DEATH

    Delivery driver crushed by overloaded FLT at supplier factory premises

    A national manufacturer and supplier of fitted kitchens, appliances and joinery products has been fined £1.2 million after the death of a visiting HGV driver to the company premises in November 2014.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard how agency driver Richard Brown was delivering kitchen worktops to a Howden Joinery Ltd site in Workington when he was crushed to death as a forklift truck (FLT) overturned whilst used to lift kitchen worktops from the HGV trailer.

    Failed to keep drivers safe distance from overloaded truck

    HSE investigators found that the FLT was overloaded and visiting delivery drivers were not kept at a safe distance from the loading and unloading operations.

    • Howden Joinery Ltd – of Portman Square, London pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £1.2 million and ordered to pay costs of £33,902.00.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Steven Boyd said:

    “Standing too close to where loading or unloading work is being carried out can put people in harm’s way so people, such as delivery drivers, should be in a position of safety when forklift trucks are operating.

    This tragic incident could have been avoided if Howden Joinery Ltd had implemented a safe procedure to ensure that pedestrians were kept at a safe distance during loading and unloading work.

    Duty holders 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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