Ayr Sheriff Court has fined a Dumfries based haulage company £45,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Sections 3(1) and Section 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court that a 61 year old worker died when a hydraulic ramp failed and caused fatal crush injuries. The incident occurred in December 2014.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that the firm was delivering and offloading a vehicle from a trailer. One of the ramps had failed and the worker attempted to repair it. In doing so, he removed a hoseburst valve. This caused a significant pressure release and the ramp fell onto him. The HSE reported that a strap securing the ramp was inadequate.
The court heard that the complex repair was not planned and the worker and driver were not competent to complete the job.
After the case was heard, Jane Scott from the HSE “This tragic loss of life could have been avoided and highlights the risks associated with maintenance and repair, and the need for those undertaking work to be competent, ensuring work is planned, and the risks are fully understood and managed.”