The Health and Safety Executive has reported that Leedale Limited, a waste management and plant hire company in Derbyshire has been fined after a worker was fatally crushed between two vehicles while refuelling his road sweeper.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 26 November 2013 found there were no marked or identified vehicle and pedestrian routes. There were no rules or control of reversing manoeuvres, and the lighting at the site was poor and below the required standard.

Leedale Limited, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £300,000.

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

As a worker if you feel that a situation is unsafe then inform the site foreman or health and safety officer. Your employers are under a duty to keep you safe.

If you are in an accident, it may not be at the fault of your employer, however if it could have been avoided then you may have a claim for personal injury.

We at Ringrose Law understand it can be difficult for some people to consider action against their employer, it should be remembered that they have Employer Liability Insurance for this very reason and it is a requirement of law that they have it in place.

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