- 7 February 2014 a company director was operating a 360o tracked excavator, which he was using to transfer waste from a main pile to an adjacent manual-sorting area at the Cohart site.
- The excavator’s reversing alarm and beacon were not working and a mirror was missing from the side of the cab.
- There was no camera or mirror on the rear of the vehicle.
- The company had failed to ensure effective communications between the operator of the excavator and persons working in the yard.
- A worker was processing wood waste .
- He moved behind the excavator to pick up an old door and place it in a skip.
- As he did so, the operator reversed the excavator, crushing the worker beneath one of the tracks.
- He sustained serious crush injuries to his right leg which later required amputation in hospital.
- A visibility assessment on the excavator also revealed that the operator would have been affected by a ‘blind spot’ of up to eight metres directly behind the vehicle.
Saturday, 10 December 2016
- The accident occurred at their national truck, bus and plant division.
- On 17 September 2015 a worker was servicing a large delivery truck.
- A step ladder that he was using was damaged and its anti-slip feet were worn.
- It was not Volvo property and had not been maintained or checked to ensure it was suitable for use.
- Volvo UK had not trained their staff to select, inspect and use access equipment for work at height.
- He was repairing the driver’s access rope for the cab when he fell, striking his head and losing consciousness.
- He was placed in a medically induced coma for two-weeks.
- He still suffers from ongoing complications and has been unable to return to work.
By a perverse coincidence, two cases for identical events at the same company (Burger King) enable us to compare the fines imposed after 12th March 2015 when the Health and Safety Offences Guidelines came into effect.
Both fines were for breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
- That imposed before 12 March 2015 was £13,300.
- That imposed after 12 March 2015 was £153,360.
Hence the link below to our 2015 blog explaining how the Health and Safety Offences Guidelines work.
See our blog explaining the Sentencing Guidelines