Workplace transport controls ‘insufficient’, leading to vehicle collision
A company has been fined after a visiting tanker collided with a forklift truck.
Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 23 June 2017, a tanker was reversing into a tanker discharge bay at Dinting Lodge in Glossop when it collided at low speed with a fork lift truck. No workers were injured in the incident.
The HSE’s investigation found that the company had insufficient control of workplace transport, particularly reversing vehicles.
Carpenter Limited of Dinting Lodge Industrial Estate, Glossop pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 and was fined £60,000 with costs of £1,302.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Medani Close said: “The host company failed to undertake a number of simple safety measures including segregation of reversing vehicles, from other moving vehicles and pedestrians, and ensuring that reversing manoeuvres were supervised, in accordance with their site rules.”
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