Driver’s crush death at Nationwide Platforms results in six-figure fine

Chris Tindall
January 20, 2024


Nationwide Platforms has been fined £900,000 after one of its HGV drivers was crushed to death while attempting to move a scissor lift.

Lee Benham died at the powered access equipment’s workshop in Liskeard, Cornwall on 4 November 2021 as he operated the scissor lift from the ground to clear an access path and then move machinery pieces onto his lorry.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which investigated the 45-year-old’s death, said the moveable controls on the lift were in a position meaning that their direction was inverted and when Benham operated the machinery, it came towards him and crushed him against a static scissor lift.

The HSE found Nationwide Platforms had failed to sufficiently consider the dangers of operating machinery via moveable controls, and failed to provide appropriate monitoring and supervision during the morning when drivers were loading machinery onto their lorries.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and it was fined £900,000 and ordered to pay £12,045 in costs at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on 21 December.

HSE inspector Simon Jones said: “This was a tragic incident and a stark reminder to businesses to be thorough in their risk assessment. The situation which led to Lee’s death would not have arisen had appropriate control measures been in place.”

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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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