30 August 2007
Haulage company fined £4K
A haulage firm has been successfully prosecuted following an incident that resulted in an employee sustaining a serious injury.
The accident involved a worker being trapped and crushed between two heavy goods vehicles as one reversed past the other.
W E & I Wright Limited of County Durham was fined £4,000 after it admitted breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in Durham Magistrates Court.
Speaking after the hearing, health and safety inspector Richard Bishop commented: "Vehicles are a part of everyday life and as a result their dangers are often overlooked.
"Complacency can be a real problem. But workplace transport continues to be the second biggest cause of fatal accidents at work."
In 2004-05, there were over 2,000 major injuries and 70 deaths involving vehicles at work, he added.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 was designed, in part, to further secure the health, safety and welfare of workers.