Cambridgeshire haulier fined for avoidable fatality

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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Monk saves weight with three new Volvo FH500

Volvo FH500

Mostyn-based Monk Transport has bought three Volvo FH500 6x2 tractor units specified with the D13K Euro-6 engine, which produes 500hp and 2,500nm of torque.

The engine is paired to a 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission which pushes power through RSS1356 rear axles with a ratio of 2.50:1.

All were specified to include the Swedish manufacturer’s 4.5-tonne Lite pusher-axle to maximise payload potential. The Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels also help reduce the kerb weight.

James Monk, who runs the company with his brother Philip, said: “Volvo’s lightweight specification drops the kerb weight by half-a tonne reducing the number of trips the truck has to make.”

These new Volvos are the lightest on his fleet yet they can pull a payload of 29 tonnes over the course of 140,000km per year, completing two trips each day, “so a journey is saved every six weeks.”

Monk chose Globetrotter cabs for his new tractors: “It’s extremely important for us to attract the best drivers in what is a difficult marketplace. To do this we opt for Volvo trucks featuring the highest level of driver comfort including leather seats, touch screen navigation, microwave ovens, and televisions.”

Monk concluded: “When you combine this with the legendary driveability of the Volvo we feel it’s a stunning combination and the drivers’ incredibly positive feedback is testament of this.”