Company fined £60,000 after reversing incident in yard

Commercial Motor
October 16, 2018

A cushioning product manufacturer has been fined £60,000 after a visiting tanker collided with a forklift truck in its yard.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 23 June 2017, the vehicle was reversing into a tanker discharge bay at the Carpenter facility in Dinting Lodge, Glossop, when it collided at low speed with a forklift truck. No workers were injured in the incident.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident found that the company had insufficient control of workplace transport, in particular, reversing vehicles. Carpenter Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was ordered to pay costs of £1,302.

Following the hearing, HSE inspector Medani Close said: “The host company failed to undertake a number of simple safety measures including segregation of reversing vehicles from other moving vehicles and pedestrians, and ensuring that reversing manoeuvres were supervised.”

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