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Airport company fined after employee death

27th January 2010 | Warning Signs

An airport services company has been fined £90,000 after an incident in which an employee was crushed, highlighting the importance of safety signs.

Aviance UK was fined £90,000 and ordered to pay costs of £18,800 at the Central Criminal Court as a result of the March 2008 incident.

The accident occurred when a worker was attempting to repair a baggage tug which had been raised 60cm off the ground with a jack, but the support was unstable and fell onto the man, causing fatal head injuries.

Stephen Kirton, an inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), commented: "Working under poorly-supported vehicles has been recognised by [the] HSE as serious problem for many years. We've recently published guidance in this area."

Recently, Judith Hackitt, chair of the HSE, said that the importance of safety signs should never be underestimated as firms should always take precautions to protect employees.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19580405-ADNFCR


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