An employee was seriously injured after being trapped and crushed between two heavy goods vehicles as one reversed past the other. The HSE investigation showed a number of deficiencies in the company's arrangements for ensuring safety during reversing operations, despite having had the Road Haulage Association (RHA) carry out risk assessments at its premises less than a year before. The company failed to implement any of the precautions identified by the risk assessments, so there were almost no physical or organisational measures in place to control workplace transport risks.
The company pleaded guilty, were fined £4000 and paid costs of £2,500.
During a visit to a Fish Factory no proper segregation between workers and Fork Lift Trucks (FLTs) was identified in the production area, which included no demarcation area for pallets to be dropped off for workers.
An Improvement Notice was served on the company requiring them to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment for the segregation of employees from FLTs. The company complied with the Notice and installed a separate traffic routes from FLTs and pedestrians. A drop off zone marked out where items could be dispatched by FLTs and collected by hand pallet trucks operated by workers.