Worker hit by car while assisting reversing HGV

A Shropshire operator must pay £12,500 in fines and costs after a worker died while attempting to assist a reversing truck.

On 27 January, Mold Crown Court was told that Philip Ledward was hit by a passing car while assisting one of Arkenfield Stable Hire’s HGV drivers to manoeuvre the vehicle.

He received fatal injuries from the incident, which happened in November 2011 at the operator’s Boundary Garage, Ellesmere Road, Bronington premises.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company, which holds O-licences authorising up to six vehicles and six trailers across two operating centres, did not have a system in place to control the movement of workplace transport safely.

Arkenfield Stable Hire, of Birch House, Back Lane, Coton, Whitchurch, pleaded guilty to an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £7,500 with £5,000 in costs.

HSE inspector Damian Corbett said after the hearing: “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.”