January 28, 2019

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Reversing vehicle struck driver

A driver was struck by a reversing vehicle when he was carrying out a pre-use check on his vehicle.

Reading Crown Court was told how, on 15 December 2015, an employee of Slough-based logistics firm PCL Transport 24/7 Limited was injured at a dairy in Aylesbury.

Investigating, the HSE found that safety controls, principally the use of an allocated pre-use vehicle check area, were not being followed by the company’s lorry drivers.

PCL Transport 24/7 Limited of Leigh Road, Slough pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 17 of Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations and was fined £150,000, with costs of £17,649.27 and a victim surcharge of £120.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Stephen Faulkner said: “Being struck by vehicles is still one of the highest causes of workplace fatal accidents.

“Employers should ensure that where vehicles and pedestrians use the same areas, there is sufficient separation between them.”

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