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Manufacturer fined after truck overturns onto worker

12th February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

A firm from Knottingley has been fined after an avoidable incident saw a tipper truck overturn onto another vehicle, in which a worker was sitting. The firm was prosecuted after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation.

A driver for Plasmor (Halton) Ltd was delivering a tipper truck full of limestone dust, used to manufacture concrete blocks and slabs, to a plant on Tanhouse Lane in Widnes. He parked the vehicle to unload the materials when another truck pulled up alongside him.

When the second driver began to empty his truck, his vehicle overturned. It landed on the cab of the first vehicle, crushing the employee inside.

HSE inspector Jane Carroll said: "The company should have known there was a danger of tipper trucks overturning, and created exclusion zones to minimise the risk of anyone being injured. Instead, two drivers were allowed to empty their trailers next to each other."

The firm pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £28,634 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801692647-ADNFCR


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