HGV driver killed by pallet during residential delivery

Carol Millett
November 30, 2016

The police are investigating an accident in which a lorry driver employed by Palletways member Reason Transport was crushed to death whilst unloading a palletised delivery in High Wycombe.

The driver, in his fifties, was unloading from an HGV in a residential road at 11am on Wednesday last week (21 November) when a pallet of tiles fell on top of him, according to investigating force Thames Valley Police.

Thames Valley Police are asking for witnesses to come forward.

The incident has also been referred to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A spokeswoman for the executive confirmed that the HSE is “making initial inquiries”.

Reason Transport, which is based in Coventry, told Commercialmotor.com that the company “will not comment whilst the investigation is ongoing”.

In a statement Palletways said: “A driver working for Palletways member Reason Transport died making a delivery to a private address in High Wycombe. Our thoughts are with the driver’s family at this time.

"Reason Transport are working closely with the emergency services to assist with their investigations. As such, we are unable to comment further at this stage.”

This summer it was revealed that the HSE is looking into ways to reduce maximum pallet weights to 750kg to cut the risk of injuries to drivers making tail-lift deliveries.


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Carol Millett

Carol Millett is an award-winning freelance journalist with over 30 years’ of experience writing across a broad range of sectors, including road transport, construction and civil engineering, project management, private finance, technology, HR, and travel and tourism. She is currently a regular contributor to a variety of DVV Media titles including Motor Transport Magazine, Commercial Motor and Transport News.

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