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Untidy crossing: Unsafe

Untidy Crossing, Unsafe

Site description

A car part manufacturer has used this large out of town site for many years. The site is busy with a mixture of delivery vehicles, onsite traffic and staff parking. For historical reasons, various goods have to be moved between buildings at all times. Temporary storage tended to be ad hoc.

The accident

3.00pm on November 2nd, a regular delivery of liquid oxygen arrived on site. Its route crosses a point where staff often wheel roll cages of pressings to the plating shop. The truck driver failed to see the pedestrian emerging from behind a skip until it was too late, knocking him down.

The consequences

The worker was killed instantly. Both the delivery company and the manufacturer were taken to court. The site owners were fined £10,000, and both companies incurred sizable legal costs.

Updated 2010-03-03