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The danger of reversing HGVs
Most on-site vehicle accidents and injuries occur when HGVs have to reverse. If possible, reversing should be actively discouraged, but if it is something that is unavoidable, then a safe reversing procedure needs to be put in place, with appropriate supervision where necessary.
49-year-old forklift truck driver killed
A 49-year-old forklift truck driver was tragically killed at a food manufacturer’s premises in Runcorn. The accident happened as the man was operating his forklift to load an HGV trailer. Another HGV was reversing and hit the side of his forklift, overturning it, resulting in the 49-year-old being killed.
It had become standard practice for forklifts to be driven onto the public road in order to load HGVs. As the public road in question was a cul-de-sac, most HGVs reverse down it to avoid having to make a difficult turning manoeuvre to get out again.
The injury victim had finished loading one side of a trailer in the yard and drove out into the cul-de-sac to access the other side of the trailer. As he did so, a reversing HGV crashed into his forklift, causing his death.
Inadequate risk assessment and lack of supervision responsible for accident
In the investigation that was undertaken by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) it was found that the company had not carried out an adequate risk assessments in terms of forklift trucks having to go out onto the cul-de-sac. In addition forklift drivers were poorly supervised and had been given insufficient information regarding the safe loading of vehicles.
The food manufacturing company were found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They were fined the sum of £140,000 and were also instructed to pay the prosecution’s costs, which are mounted to a further £22,657.
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