A Greater Manchester transport firm has been fined tens of thousands of pounds after a man was killed by a reversing lorry.
Daniel Adams, 63, was crushed between two vehicles when an HGV belonging to Alec Sharples Farm Supplies and Transport Limited reversed into him on the firm’s land on May 7, 2014.
Mr Adams from Farnworth, Greater Manchester, was taken to Salford Royal Hospital for treatment, but sadly died from internal injuries two days later.
The HSE investigation found the organisation and operation of the site did not meet regulatory standards.
Alec Sharples, which is based in Swinton, Manchester, was fined £30,000 plus costs for serious safety failings.
An ‘avoidable’ incident
While renting a unit on the Sandywood Industrial Estate owned by Alec Sharples Farm Supplies and Transport Limited, Mr Adams was working on one of his own lorries when the fatal incident occurred.
Mr Adams, a self-employed haulage worker, was initially speaking with the driver of the lorry in his section of the yard. When the conversation ended, the driver got into the Alec Sharples’ lorry before reversing into Mr Adams.
Findings from an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggest the company had not implemented a procedure for HGVs and training drivers to reverse safely.
The firm had not employed any banksmen – a person employed to direct site vehicles – and did not segregate pedestrians and HGVs, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Alec Sharples Farm Supplies and Transport Ltd of Roscow Road, Kearsley, Bolton pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The company was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,000.
Ian Betley, an HSE Inspector, said after the hearing: “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the host company to implement safe systems of work, and failure to ensure that health and safety documentation was communicated and followed.
“This risk was further amplified by the company’s failure to undertake a number of simple safety measures including segregating vehicles and pedestrians, ensuring that vehicles were fitted with reversing ‘bleepers’, and ensuring that reversing manoeuvres were supervised, in accordance with their site rules.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: March 5, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown