Skip Lorry Fatality

Fatal injuries sustained during an incident with a skip lorry results in a large fine for the local council involved.

Investigation by HSENI (Northern Ireland’s Health and Safety enforcing authority) found that the accident at an amenity site occurred due to failures to ensure a safe system of work in relation to the segregation of vehicles and pedestrians, and, in particular, the lifting of large compacted waste containers by hook-lorries.

The Health and Safety breaches are as follows:

Article 4(1) of the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978;
Article 5(1) of the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978; and Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993.

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

Here is the HSENI press release on the matter.

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