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£43,000 penalty after company owner is killed in HGV accident on industrial site (27 February 2017)

Date: 27/02/2017
Duncan Lewis, Personal Injury Solicitors, £43,000 penalty after company owner is killed in HGV accident on industrial site

A Swinton transport company and its director have been prosecuted after an HGV company owner was killed at the company’s Sandywood Industrial Estate.

Daniel Adams, 63, from Farnworth rented a unit on the industrial estate owned by Alec Sharples Farm Supplies and Transport Limited, where the fatal incident occurred on 7 May 2014.

Mr Adams had been working on one of his own lorries, when an HGV owned by Alec Sharples reversed into Mr Adam’s section of the yard.

The HGV driver spoke with Mr Adams however, when the conversation had finished, the HGV driver reversed his truck, inadvertently crushing Mr Adams between the two vehicles.

He was taken to Salford Royal Hospital, where he died of internal injuries two days later.

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who prosecuted Alec Sharples Farm Supplies and Transport Limited for serious safety failings in the organisation and operation of the site.

The HSE investigation found the firm had failed to implement a safe system of work for reversing HGV’s and training drivers – there was no segregation of pedestrians and HGV’s and no banksmen were provided.

At Manchester Crown Court, Alec Sharples Farm Supplies and Transport Ltd – of Roscow Road, Kearsley in Bolton, Lancashire – 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.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Ian Betley said:

“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.”

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