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    £1MILLION FINE OVER VEHICLE RISK MANAGEMENT

    Death of workman exposed uncontrolled vehicle manoeuvring

    A major UK company has been fined £1m after a workman died when he was struck by a reversing vehicle in October 2013.

    Canterbury Crown Court heard how employee Mr John Head suffered fatal injuries when he was run over by the  reversing refuse collection vehicle (RCV) at the Ross Depot Waste Transfer Station in Folkestone.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Recognised control measures not implemented

    HSE investigators found that multiple vehicles, including RCVs and articulated lorries, were manoeuvring in the workplace with no specific controls to prevent injury.

    The company failed to adequately assess the risks and did not implement industry recognised control measures to protect employees.

    • Veolia ES (UK) Limited – of Pentonville Road, London has been found guilty after a trial of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £1 million and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £130,000.

    HSE inspector Kevin Golding said:

    “This should be a reminder to all industries, but in particular, the waste industry, to appropriately assess the risks and implement widely recognised control measures to adequately control manoeuvring vehicles, in particular reversing vehicles and restrict pedestrian movements around vehicles.”

     

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