Two haulage companies have been fined after an HGV driver was left paralysed from the chest down after a serious accident at work.
The worker, 51, who does not wish to be named, was crushed between two vehicles in the incident at H & M Distribution Ltd’s premises in Bedfordshire. He suffered life-changing injuries and will not be able to work again.
Both H & M Distribution Ltd, the man’s employer, which was renting the yard on Tyne Road in Sandy, and H E Payne Transport Ltd, the owners of the yard, pleaded guilty to separate health and safety breaches.
No documented procedure
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was no documented procedure for vehicle movements in the transport yard.
The worker, from St Ives, Cambridgeshire, was crushed as he was closing the rear doors of his HGV when another lorry reversed into the area he was working in at the yard, trapping him between the two vehicles.
HSE served both companies with an Improvement Notice requiring them to organise movements in the yard so pedestrians and vehicles could circulate in a safe manner.
H & M Distribution Ltd of Sankey Valley Industrial Estate, Newton-le-Willows, was fined a total of £150,000 and ordered to pay costs of £13,996 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
H E Payne Transport Ltd of The Lane, Wyboston, Bedfordshire, was fined a total of £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £13,996 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Claiming compensation for paralysis
If you were involved in an accident that has left you paralysed and it was not your fault, then you could be able to claim for paralysis.
Accident Advice Helpline can tell you whether or not you have a case to make a claim, as well as how much you could be entitled to. Call free now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Claiming compensation for paralysis is extremely important to cover loss of earnings and ongoing treatment.
Source: Bedfordshire News
Date Published: August 1, 2014
Author: David Brown