On-site transport is a significant cause of injury in the workplace. If you work in St Edmundsbury and you’ve suffered a serious injury at work, caused by a vehicle of some description, you can get Accident Advice Helpline to help you with the instigation of a St Edmundsbury accident at work claim, using the no win no fee service that we offer. It’s a service that comes highly recommended by the former TV presenter and well-known people’s consumer champion, Esther Rantzen.
Banksman in crush accident with reversing lorry
An accident at a pharmaceutical company in Edinburgh resulted in a worker (known as a banksman) being crushed by a reversing lorry when he tried to help the lorry driver to reverse into a loading bay. Unbeknown to him, the lorry driver was focusing his attention on another worker who was signalling the lorry in, and as a consequence, the lorry driver, who was watching the other man, did not see the banksman, and he was crushed between the lorry and the loading bay wall. He sustained serious crush injuries to his head, his face, and his chest.
Work method statement not specific enough
In the ensuing investigation held by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), it was found that the working practices were not specific enough in terms of designating who should direct lorries into the loading bay. They made no mention of the banksman being on the floor of the loading bay when a vehicle was being reversed.
It was also found that the loading bays were not kept obstacle free. They concluded that the unloading operation needed to be re-risk assessed, with clear instructions as to where the banksman should stand, in clear view of the lorry driver, and out of harm’s way.
Company fined £12,000
At court, it was decided that the company had breached The Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974, and they were fined the sum of £12,000. The injured banksman has now recovered from his injuries and has returned to work.
Get an estimate of how much compensation you could be due for your St Edmundsbury accident at work claim
The amount of compensation you will be awarded for your St Edmundsbury accident at work claim will depend on the seriousness and consequences of your injury. To get an idea of how much it could be, visit the AAH website and make use of our HOW MUCH compensation calculator. It’s free, and simple to use, and will only take approximately 30 seconds of your time.
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Date Published: 20th October 2014