Supermarket knew ‘dead man’s pedal’ was faulty
In mitigation, the firm said it did have written procedures for removing faulty vehicles from service, and it had trained staff how to identify and report faults. But it went on to say it could not account for the failure of staff to follow their training or the correct procedures.
The court also heard that the company had entered an early guilty plea and had fully cooperated with the investigation.
Following the hearing, the council’s cabinet member for environmental health, Councillor Jahangir Akhtar, said: “Where appropriate, we will prosecute any company, no matter how large or how small, which fails to fulfil their legal duties to protect the welfare of their workers. Despite the pallet truck being found in a dangerous condition on a number of occasions in the week leading up to the accident, appropriate action was not carried out-with disastrous results for the employee.”
With employees who drive for business more likely to be killed at work than deep sea divers or coal miners, driver safety is a vital business consideration.
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