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Recycling company fined £650,000 after reversing vehicle fatality
Savanna Rags International Limited of Forest Road Mansfield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and was fined £650,000, after a worker was fatally injured by a reversing vehicle.
In April 2016, a worker at the clothing and textile recycling company was fatally injured when she was struck by a reversing delivery vehicle.
The HSE investigation found that there were no measures in place to adequately segregate pedestrians from moving vehicles; and there wasn't a safe system of work to ensure that reversing was minimised and vehicles could manoeuvre safely.
Incidents involving vehicles is one of the most common cause of fatal injuries in this sector.
The HSE is calling on everyone working in the industry to take the time to refresh their knowledge of HSE advice and guidance, available for free on the HSE website. It says that those using transport on waste & recycling sites should remind themselves of the relevant WISH guidance on safe use of transport on sites Waste 09 and check that sites are operating legally and safely.
HSE is currently in the middle of targeting the sector with an inspection initiative that will look at safe use of transport amongst other activities to ensure effective management and control of risk on sites.
26th October 2017