Two workers were seriously injured after being crushed between a moving lorry and a pair of stationary vehicles at a workshop, a court has been told.
The men’s employer, vehicle body manufacturing firm Commercial Body Specialists Limited, has been fined £20,000 after admitting it breached the Health and Safety at Work Act. Magistrates have also ordered the company, of Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, to pay £4,461 in costs.
The other employee was left with fractures to his ribs and pelvis and internal cuts on a kidney and his bladder.
Third employee jumped out of way
North Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court was told that a colleague had been manoeuvring the 18-tonne lorry when the accident happened.
The two workers were pinned between the lorry and two stationary vehicles while another employee escaped injury after jumping out of the way.
The incident was investigated, magistrates heard, by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). It found that the company had not identified or assessed the risk posed by moving vehicles.
The investigation had also established, the court was told, that the firm failed to implement protective measures, safe systems of work or proper training to ensure employees on foot were kept safe from moving vehicles.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: June 3, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown