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Man killed after working platform clipped by LGV

23 January 2018

A Suffolk-based trailer service firm has been fined £120,000 after an employee suffered fatal head injuries.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how an employee of the defendant was operating a scissor-lift working platform when this was struck by a Long Goods Vehicle (LGV), causing him to be ejected onto a roadway from a height of 1.5 metres.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident, which occurred on 23 January 2015, found that SPR Trailer Services failed to plan and organise work at height in a manner that ensured the safety of their workers. The work at height should have been organised to segregate activity in space and/or time from adjacent workplace transport operations.

SPR Trailer Services of 5 Walton Avenue, Felixstowe, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and has been fined £120,000.

Speaking after the case, HSE principal inspector Norman Macritchie said “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the company to implement and monitor safe systems of work. The company did not undertake the simple safety measure of segregating those working at height from adjacent workplace transport operations, in line with widely available industry guidance.”

HSE Guidance on managing the risks associated with working on mobile elevating work platforms, can be found on HSE’s website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/geis6.pdf PDF

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