Trafford Magistrates’ Court has fined a motor vehicle repair company £33,000 with £12,000 costs after a 27 year old work experience student was crushed to death by a car.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident revealed that the student was observing a mechanic carry out some work on a Vauxhall Corsa. The mechanic went to switch on the ignition from outside the vehicle which then moved forward trapping the student. He later died of his injuries.
The HSE told the court that the company had failed to provide adequate training regarding parking vehicles in gear with the brakes on. Additionally, there was no guidance regarding the safe storage of keys or turning the ignition on from outside the car.
After the case was heard, Lisa Bailey from the HSE said: “Had the company ensured employees were trained and instructed on moving vehicles around the garage safely then this tragic incident might not have occurred.”