Workplace Transport Fatality

A Crown Court heard (12th November) a worker (a load inspector carrying out load inspection duties) had been working around a large wood pile being used to feed a hammer mill at a recycling plant. The shovel vehicle had been moving material from one part of the site to another. As he crossed to a skip, the worker was struck and run over by the load shovel and died of his injuries at the scene.

Britain’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found no segregation measures had been put in place by the recycling company to separate vehicles and pedestrians working on the site. Workers were unprotected from the dangers of constantly moving vehicles – despite previous incidents where vehicles had collided, and workers reporting other near misses.

The HSE has information about workplace transport safety, at http://www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport/index.htm.

The HSE Press Release about this incident is here.

Regulation 4(1) of the Workplace [Health, Safety and Welfare] Regulations, 1992 states: Every employer shall ensure that every workplace, modification, extension or conversion which is under his control and where any of his employees works complies with any requirement of these Regulations which— (a) applies to that workplace or, as the case may be, to the workplace which contains that modification, extension or conversion; (b) is in force in respect of the workplace, modification, extension or conversion.

Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace [Health, Safety and Welfare] Regulations, 1992 states: Every workplace shall be organised in such a way that pedestrians and vehicles can circulate in a safe manner.

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