Warwick Crown Court has fined a High Wycombe based company £166,000, and ordered to pay £46,500 in costs after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to offences under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into how a 44 year old employee was fatally crushed by a HGV, revealed significant health and safety issues. The incident occurred in January 2014.
The court heard that a driver of a heavy goods vehicle struck the employee because he was unable to see 6 metres in front of him. The HSE told the court that the front grill of the vehicle had been raised, this obscured vision and was common practice at this site.
After the case was heard, Mark Austin from the HSE said:
“The tragic, needless loss of [the employee’s] life could have been prevented had [the company] properly considered the risks from the movement of heavy goods vehicles at this site, and provided effective segregation of pedestrians from moving vehicles.”
“Even though the vehicle that crushed him was travelling at less than 5Km/h, the size and weight of the vehicle left him no chance of survival.”
“Companies that work with vehicles of all sizes need to ensure that all pedestrians are able to circulate and work safely at their premises, at all times.”