Workplace transport accident

Arkenfield Stable Hire Limited (ASHL) based in Whitchurch has been fined for safety failings after the death of an employee when he was struck by a passing car and received fatal injuries whilst assisting a colleague reversing a lorry.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred in November 2011, found that there was no safe system of work in place for controlling risks from workplace transport (http://press.hse.gov.uk/2016/worker-killed-whilst-assisting-a-reversing-lorry/?ebul=hsegen&cr=6/01-feb-16).

Arkenfield Stable Hire Limited, of Birch House, Back Lane, Coton, Whitchurch pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Damian Corbett said: “Workplace transport continues to be a major cause of fatal and serious injury. Estimates suggest that up to one-third of all road traffic accidents involve someone who is at work at the time.”

Workplace transport incidents are the second most common cause of serious and fatal incidents in the construction industry, yet they can easily be avoided by having proper plans in place and provision for pedestrians on site.

As a worker on a construction site always wear high-visibility clothing and if you feel that a situation is unsafe then inform the site foreman or health and safety officer.

Contact our team today at Ringrose Law where we can advise you if you have a claim.

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