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Council prosecuted after worker injured by refuse vehicle

19th December 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A Scottish driver was seriously injured after he was crushed against a refuse vehicle by the lifting hoist on the side.

Derek Maitland, of Glasgow, had to have surgery to repair severe damage to his arteries, colon and small bowel. Despite this, he has returned to work.

Mr Maitland was reconnecting a pendant control unit to the glass recycling vehicle, unaware that the engine was still running and therefore power was connected to the side lifter. When the unit was reconnected it suddenly activated, crushing the man.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found that an appropriate risk assessment had not been carried out, nor had a safe system of work been planned. South Lanarkshire Council had not provided adequate instruction, supervision, training or information, such as safety signs.

South Lanarkshire Council pleaded guilty to three breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £50,000.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801674395-ADNFCR


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