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    DRIVER DIED TRAPPED BETWEEN TRAILER AND VEHICLE

    Firm fined £1.5 million over failure to assess coupling operations

    A logistics company has been fined after a worker died when he was trapped between a trailer and his vehicle in January 2016.

    Dudley Magistrates heard how an employee was fatally injured whilst attempting to attach a trailer to a vehicle. The trailer was parked on a slight slope and rolled forward trapping the employee.

    Assessment of should identify the unique hazards

    An HSE investigation found safety management arrangements for coupling trailers to vehicles failed to take account of the slope.

    • Tuffnells Parcels Express Limited – of Wallows Industrial Estate, Dudley pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been fined £1.5 million and ordered to pay costs of £32,823.35

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Karl Raw said:

    “Had the defendant taken the slope into account, simple measures could have been taken that would have prevented this incident.

    Workplace transport remains a high risk environment, and this case serves as a reminder to industry that assessments of sites should be specific and identify the hazards unique to each yard. It is also a reminder that the slope a vehicle is parked on does not need to be steep for incidents to occur.

    This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the company to adopt robust management action in both planning and monitoring of the workplace and workplace actions at this site.”

     

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