Monday, 26 June 2017

ATE fined £495,000 after worker was killed by the roof of a trailer he was dismantling

ATE Truck and Trailer Sales Ltd, a company that buys, refurbishes and sells Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and trailers was fined £495,000 (inc.costs) after the death of a worker.

  • 63-year-old worker William Price was dismantling a trailer on 21 February 2013.
  • ATE had assessed the risks and had a established method of work.
  • However, the risk assessment was inadequate as it failed to properly consider the risks involved in this work.
  • ATE did not provide Mr Price with any information in relation to his safety when ‘stripping down’ the trailers.
  • Mr Price was struck by the roof of a trailer he was dismantling.
The HSE inspector said:
“This tragic accident was preventable had all parties considered the risks involved and taken appropriate measures to reduce that risk.”

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