12 October 2007
Employers pay out after worker falls from lorry
A company has been fined £120,000 and made to pay £28,184 in costs following an incident in which a worker died.
TNT Logistics UK, a global express, logistics and international mail services firm, pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws at Manchester Crown Court.
The case comes three years after Wirral lorry driver Derek Howe died when he fell two metres from a lorry on to a concrete yard.
At the time of the accident, he was attempting to free a worktop on the back of the vehicle, which was parked at TNT's premises in Irlam.
Health and Safety Executive inspector Richard Clarke commented: "Mr Howe's death could have been prevented if TNT had taken appropriate precautions in line with health and safety legislation. Every year 2,000 people are injured at work falling from vehicles."
Currently, falls are the second highest cause of fatalities and injuries in the transport industry, he added.