Haulage firm prosecuted over safety failings
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
A Scottish haulage firm has been fined for health and safety failings at its Stirling base, highlighting the importance of health and safety signage.
Harpers Transport was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at Stirling Sheriff's Court after inspectors from the regulator made a visit to its site.
The firm, which specialises in timber haulage and wood recycling, was found to not have a safe system of work in place, such as using warning signs, to load, store, and unload a trailer used to transport waste chipboard between yards at it site.
Staff were not properly trained, despite carrying out the work regularly.
The trailer was also in a poor state of repair and unsafe, and the chipboard had been loaded irregularly, placing workers at risk of injury.
Harpers was fined £8,000 after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Speaking after the case, HSE Inspector Karen Moran said the haulage firm should have ensured it had adequate equipment in place to do what was a regular task.
"These were basic safety failings but the sad fact is that these simple problems can and do cause serious and life-changing injuries."
Transport-related accidents are one of the biggest causes of workplace deaths in the UK. In 2009/10, 41 workers died and more than 5,000 were injured as a result of incidents involving vehicles.
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