Cambridgeshire haulier fined for avoidable fatality

Chris Tindall
July 10, 2019

A company has been fined £180,000, plus costs, after an employee died when he was struck by a lorry at its Cambridgeshire site.

Peterborough Crown Court heard how the driver at Camgrain Stores in Linton had checked his mirrors but he did not see Edward Orlopp, who was walking from the firm’s control room across the site when the incident occurred in July 2016. The vehicle struck Orlopp causing fatal injuries.

An HSE investigation found that Camgrain Stores had failed to ensure that pedestrians and vehicles could move safely around the site and that it had not provided measures to prevent employees walking into areas where large vehicles were moving.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £180,000 and costs of £20,000.

HSE inspector Stephen Faulkner said: “Being struck by vehicles is one of the most common causes of workplace fatal accidents. This was a tragic and avoidable incident caused by failure of the company to undertake simple measures.”

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Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and has covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning and Brexit.

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