Worker's leg crushed by refuse collection vehicle

Chris Tindall
March 6, 2019

Pendle Borough Council has been fined £40,000 after a worker’s leg was crushed by a refuse collection vehicle (RCV).

Burnley Magistrates’ Court heard how labourer Dominic Allen was struck by the RCV whilst at work in Nelson, Lancashire on 30 October 2015. Allen suffered severe crush injuries which resulted in surgery to remove his lower right leg.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found the council had neglected to properly identify hazards posed by refuse collection operations and, consequently, had failed to devise safe working methods and provide the necessary information and training.

The council pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work act and was also told to pay costs of £14,000.

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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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