Transport company fined £850,000 for failings that led to man’s death

Compliance Engineer

A Leeds based company has been fined £850,000 after an employee sustained fatal injuries while undergoing training.

The court heard how an employee sustained crush injuries while undergoing training on the operation of a trailer mover. He was struck in the chest by the tiller head of the mower and pinned against a stationery trailer while using it to reposition a laden articulated trailer within the depot yard.

The 43-year-old was taken to hospital but died of his injuries two days later.

The HSE investigation found that the company failed to ensure that their in-house trainer was given enough instruction on how training should be delivered. No one on-site monitored whether the appropriate training was taking place.

The company also failed to ensure that the trainer used two trained banksmen at all relevant times in the course of the training. The trainer was at times in a position where it is unlikely that he would have been able to see and correct and mistakes.

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