A dreadful HGV accident that left a driver paralysed for life has resulted in two haulage companies being prosecuted for crucial failings in safety in their yard. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the incident found that the companies involved did not have a proper procedure in place that accounted for safe and proper movements by vehicles in the yard where the accident happened.
The unnamed man, who is 51-years old, suffered his accident when he was closing the doors of the HGV lorry he was about to drive out of the yard. As he was doing so another lorry reversed into the same area. The man was crushed between the two vehicles and suffered serious injuries. He is now paralysed from the chest down and also sustained a brain injury during the accident.
The incident has led to six-figure fines for both companies involved in the accident. One received a fine of £150,000 plus costs and the other was fined £100,000 plus costs. The outcome will not change anything for the driver who was injured to the extent where he will no longer be able to work, but it will hopefully prevent anything similar happening in the future.
If you have suffered a similar accident, are you entitled to compensation?
No one would want anyone to suffer an accident like this. However if you are involved in an accident at work and you believe there was evidence of negligence to support a compensation claim, it is worth finding out more. All employers have a duty of care to protect their employees and to ensure they provide a safe workplace that is free from danger. They should account for and minimise all potential hazards that could arise through the use of risk assessments.
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Source: Health And Safety At Work
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown