A worker suffered serious injuries when he was crushed by a reversing lorry.
The man, who was working for a pharmaceutical company in Edinburgh, suffered crush injuries to his head, face and chest in the incident.
His employer, Macfarlan Smith Limited, was fined £12,000 after it admitted breaching health and safety at work regulations.
Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that Alexander Mackenzie attempted to guide a reversing lorry into a loading bay at the company’s site in Wheatfield Road, but the lorry driver was watching another individual who was also guiding the vehicle in and did not notice Mr MacKenzie.
As a result, Mr MacKenzie ended up being crushed between the vehicle and the loading bay wall.
The court was told that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that had Macfarlan Smith Limited carried out a sufficient risk assessment for the task, the accident could have been avoided.
Investigators pointed out that the loading bay area was not kept free from obstructions and said there was no safe system of work which would have ensured the lorry driver could have reversed the vehicle while staying in visual contact with a banksman at all times.
Mr MacKenzie has fully recovered from his injuries which have had no long-lasting effect, the court was told.
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Source: BBC News
Date Published: August 23, 2014
Author: David Brown