St Albans Crown Court has fined a Northampton based waste management company a total of £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £65,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) and Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and to breaching Regulation 5(1) of the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
The worker, a 58 year old man from Watford, was clearing litter from the site when he was struck and run over by a heavy plant vehicle. He later died at the scene.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the fatal incident revealed significant health and safety failings.
The Court heard that the firm failed to safely plan and organise the work load to ensure pedestrians and vehicles could operate safely.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Roxanne Barker, said:
“There are significant risks associated with operating large construction type vehicles on waste sites, particularly when, as in this case, the vehicles have restricted visibility. These risks are well known and easily controlled using reasonably practicable precautions.
“Every year many people are killed or seriously injured in incidents involving workplace transport, and there is no excuse for companies that neglect this risk. Pedestrians, whether they are employees or not, should be kept separate from these types of vehicles through physical barriers or safe systems of work that are clear and well supervised.”
For more information about working safely around workplace vehicles, visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport/index.htm