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Worker killed by HGV at commercial vehicle site:employing company fined £166,000

Fatal crush injuries: £166,000 fine

Health and Safety Executive v Imperial Commercials Ltd (2015) Warwick Crown Court, November 19

Imperial Commercials Ltd, a commercial vehicle company, has been fined following the death of an employee.

Significant points of the case

  • Craig Stewart Dunn, an employee of the company, was working at the company’s site in Wellesbourne. He was struck by a heavy goods vehicle and suffered fatal crush injuries.

  • The HGV driver could not see the deceased because the front grill of the vehicle was raised. This was an occasional practice at the site.

  • The company had failed to provide a safe workplace. It had not properly considered the risks from the movement of HGVs at the site and had not provided effective segregation of pedestrains from moving vehicles.

The company was fined £166,000 plus £46,500 costs for a breach of section 2, HSW Act, for failing to ensure the health and safety of employees.

An HSE inspector commented after the case that companies which work with vehicles of all sizes need to ensure that all pedestrians are able to circulate and work safely at their premises at all times.

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