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Safety signage vital for depot drivers

10th February 2010 | Warning Signs

Depot drivers have been reminded of the importance of following safety signs in the workplace after a council employee was hit and killed by a wheeled shovel loader.

Dudley Metropolitan Council was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 in costs after the vehicle, which was driven by council employee Michael Lilley, struck fellow worker George Pagett.

HSE inspector David Price commented: "Drivers need to obey signs and instructions in workplaces, just as closely as they would obey them on a public highway."

"Depots and loading yards are potentially dangerous places, with vehicles often required to manoeuvre in tight or enclosed spaces."

He added that employers must provide set routes that can keep pedestrians and vehicles safely apart.

Earlier this week, the importance of warning signs was highlighted when Rossendale Group, a crane company from the Wirral, was fined £10,000 at Sheffield Magistrates Court after an accident almost resulted in an employee being injured by a crane.


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