Safe System Devised but Not Implemented

Workman injured by goods falling from double-decked trailer.  It was also discovered that employees were not properly informed about pedestrian and vehicle segregation rules.  Little action taken in respect of the actions not being followed.

A haulage company has been fined £100,000 after a load from the top of a double-decked trailer fell onto a workman below in February 2015.

Warwick Crown Court heard that a Maxi Haulage Limited employee was injured at a site in Cape Road Warwick. Metal ducting, some 6m long and weighing 28kg, fell from the top deck of the trailer.

The ducting struck his head and caused serious, life changing injuries, including a fractured skull.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigators found that this work site had not implemented safe systems and procedures for unloading of trailers which had been produced by the company.

Measures easily implemented

Maxi Haulage Limited, of Elliott House, Kilwinning Road, Irvine, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.  They have been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £53,401.

Speaking after the case HSE Inspector Mark Austin said, “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply implementing suitable control measures and safe working practices.

The company itself had identified and easily implemented the necessary measures after this tragic event.

Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

Epica Health & Safety

Epica Health & Safety always provide a communication section within any document issued.  The communication section could be either a separate register, linked to the key document, or a register that forms part of the document itself.

All clients should ensure that this form is utilised when communicating health and safety information either on induction, prior to carrying out the works, or as a refresher update.  This will provide you with evidence that you have discussed communicated the health and safety information.  It will also show a signature and date from your employee stating that they understand the health and safety information and will follow the control measures and rules put in place.