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Logistics company fined after driver suffers serious injuries

04 February 2019

A Slough-based logistics company has been fined after a driver was struck by a reversing vehicle when he was carrying out a pre-use check on his vehicle.

Reading Crown Court heard how, on 15 December 2015, an employee of PCL Transport 24/7 Limited was injured at a dairy in Aylesbury. The injured person was struck by a reversing vehicle while he was carrying out a pre-use check on his lorry.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that safety controls, principally the use of an allocated pre-use vehicle check area, were not being followed by the company’s lorry drivers.

PCL Transport 24/7 of Leigh Road, Slough pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 17 of Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations and has been fined £150,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,649.27 and a victim surcharge of £120.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Stephen Faulkner said: “Being struck by vehicles is still one of the highest causes of workplace fatal accidents.

“Employers should ensure that where vehicles and pedestrians use the same areas, there is sufficient separation between them.”

Awareness and action

For practical solutions to common safety problems, check out the Safer Logistics Zone at the Health & Safety Event, which takes place from April 9-11 at the NEC in Birmingham.

The seminar programme includes presentations on:

  • Driver Health: Asking the awkward questions

HGV drivers can face sleep, fatigue, drug, and alcohol problems among a wide range of driver health issues. This presentation gives managers the tools to develop a proactive approach to tackling the problem.

Andrew Drewary, Road Risk Consultant, the Logistics Safety Forum of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT)

  • The importance of taking responsibility for lifting equipment maintenance

The recent collapse of a crane at Falmouth docks was not a one-off, says the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA). It shows the absolute necessity of implementing a strict maintenance regime for all logistics and industrial cranes and lifting equipment. Here, LEEA illustrates the importance of monitoring crane design working periods.

Ricardo German, Technical Assistant, The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA)

  • Rack safety - can you afford to risk everything? 

Cutting corners on rack safety can cost millions, a life, or your freedom.

Jonathan Bennett, Chair SEMA Distributor Group, and Simon King, ex-Chair of SEMA Distributor Group

  • Forklift accidents: 10 common causes, 1 recurring theme

Stuart Taylor breaks down ten common causes of forklift accidents and reveals the theme that links them all. You’ll be given practical tips that can be easily applied on your site to significantly reduce the risk of accidents at a relatively low cost, keeping you compliant while retaining profitability.

Stuart Taylor, Managing Director of Mentor Training, on behalf of the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA)