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Devon employee injured after vehicle safety issues

22nd January 2014 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stephens

A firm in Devon has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after one of its employees was grievously injured by a reversing telehandler.

The large vehicle had been hired for the job, but was not fitted with a reversing camera. Marvon Van Rijk was working in the vehicle’s blind spot, and was hit by it as it reversed.

Mr Van Rijk suffered life threatening leg injuries, and was hospitalised for emergency surgery. Leases Limited were prosecuted for an almost identical incident in October 2011, so it is thought they should have been aware of the possibilty of such an accident.

The firm pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 28(e) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and was fined £33,000 along with an additional £13,389 in costs.

HSE inspector Simon Jones said: "The dangers of blind spots on reversing vehicles are well known within the waste and recycling industries. It is regrettable that Leases Limited did not learn the lessons from an almost identical incident and subsequent prosecution by HSE at the same site just 20 months ago."ADNFCR-2754-ID-801684864-ADNFCR


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