Coroner has training concerns after trailer crush death

Chris Tindall
July 31, 2023

An HGV driver was killed when he was crushed between two trailers in a rollaway incident, which has now led to concerns being raised by a coroner.

David Lyth died when he became trapped while coupling a trailer to his cab at 3D Trans in Widnes in November 2021.

Cheshire’s assistant coroner Charlotte Keighley said Lyth had complained of an issue with the air cables on his trailer and so he had been advised to collect a new trailer from the haulier’s yard.

However, as he began coupling up, the trailer rolled back and he became trapped between the two vehicles and died of asphyxiation.

Keighley has now written to 3D Trans and the Health and Safety Executive warning them of the risk that future deaths could occur unless action is taken.

In her report she said there had been four rollaway incidents at the company; three of them were non-fatal. “I received evidence that following each of the incidents, refresher training was provided and various measures were put in place at the yard to physically prevent the vehicles or trailers rolling away,” she said.

“In addition to this, signage has been placed on the tractor and trailer units to serve as a reminder to drivers of the importance of securing the parking brakes on the tractor and trailer units. I have concerns regarding the provision of regular and periodic training for all drivers in respect of coupling and uncoupling procedures.”

3D Trans was approached for comment.

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Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and quickly realised there was enough going on to keep him busy for a very long time. He’s covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning, Brexit and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of safe and secure lorry parks and he helped secure the release of a lorry driver in a Polish jail due to misuse of the European Arrest Warrant.

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