Companies punished after haulage worker is crushed
Two companies have been hit with a combined six-figure fine after a man was killed by a rolling lorry.
The 43-year-old heavy goods driver arrived at the Imperial Tobacco site in Nottingham on September 7th 2007 with the aim of collecting a loaded trailer.
However, when he attempted to attach it to his cab, the lorry edged forward, trapping him between the front of the vehicle and a building, causing him fatal head injuries.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that some drivers at the site had not been properly trained and did not tend to apply the trailer brakes.
Both the man's employer, global logistics firm Exel Europe, and Imperial Tobacco pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
At a Nottingham Crown Court hearing, the two firms were fined a total of Ã‚Â£160,000.
"This case was prompted by [a] tragic death, which could have been avoided had the companies involved ensured that all drivers routinely followed a safe system of work," said HSE inspector Frances Bailey.
The HSE urges all haulage companies to use appropriate safety signs on their sites in order to offer their employees the best possible protection.
Posted by Ben Alexander
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