Workman trapped whilst assisting colleague in reversing lorry

A haulage firm has been sentenced following a fatal incident in which a driver was crushed by a reversing vehicle in December 2013.

Worcester Crown Court heard how the 60-year-old man was assisting a colleague to reverse a vehicle when he became trapped between the reversing vehicle and his own vehicle causing fatal injuries.

HSE investigators found drivers were routinely labelling their loads in the yard whilst other lorries were returning to the yard and reversing in close proximity.

Devise safe methods of working

The investigation found no segregation of vehicles and pedestrians, lighting was inadequate and there was deep shadow between parked lorries.

The transport company from Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire was found guilty of breaching the HSW Act Section 2(1) and fined £150,000 and ordered to pay costs of £253,728.07.

Speaking after the case, HSE principal inspector Elizabeth Hornsby said:

“Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working. If a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, this tragic loss of life could have been prevented.”