Director sentenced after impaling accident
A company director has been handed a prison sentence after an employee using a lorry loader crane became impaled on a spike.
Leeds Crown Court heard how on 25 August 2016, the employee of now dissolved business RK United, was using the crane to deliver a load of soil to a house in Leeds.
As he brought the crane arm down, his left arm was impaled on a spike which was protruding from the control system.
The impact caused several bones in his arm to be shattered.
A subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the crane had severe defects, including a disabled safety system.
In addition, part of the safety guard around the controls had been cut off, leaving the spike on which his arm was impaled.
The worker had also not received appropriate training to operate the lorry loader crane.
Director Hafeez Ghafoor pleaded guilty to breaching the Health & Safety at Work Act and was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.
HSE inspector Yolande Burns-Sleightholme said: “This injury was easily preventable, and the risk should have been identified.
“The lorry loader crane should have been properly maintained, regular inspections carried out, and a thorough examination taken place every twelve months.”
Urban fleet safety and compliance in spotlight at Freight in the City Expo – 6 November
When it comes to fleet safety and compliance, Freight in the City Expo on 6 November gives you the perfect opportunity to meet the experts all under one roof.
Our Knowledge & Compliance Zone will be manned all day by organisations such as the Road Haulage Association, Transport for London, Metropolitan Police, CLOCS, FORS and RTITB – all armed with the latest information about city regulations and key training for your operation.
While over in the main exhibition area, you’ll be spoilt for choice if you are looking for options to upgrade your fleet with the latest vulnerable road user detection systems, auditing devices or driver training options.
For example, Astra Vehicle Technologies will be exhibiting its ClearView range of low-level passenger door window products, providing improved direct vision to the nearside of a vehicle to help protect vulnerable road users for all Euro 6 models of DAF, Iveco, MAN, Scania, Mercedes, Renault and Volvo FM/X vehicle brands.
While you'll also be able to explore the next-generation of Cycle-Safe optical technology, which will be launched at the show. Compatible with Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and FORS requirements, Cycle-Safe combines both detection and vision in a single ‘smart camera’.
The intelligent system provides drivers with audible alerts and 'always on' visual warnings and differentiates between moving (vulnerable road users) and static objects, reducing driver workload and false alarms.
Meanwhile, vehicle safety and camera expert Durite will be on hand to highlight its range of “all-in-one” FORS safety kits, in addition to its new DVS Safe System designed to help HGV operators obtain their safety permits for compliant operation in London.
With more than 30 years’ haulage experience, Fastview360 also understands the problems that fleet managers and drivers face and has designed its HGV camera system with this in mind. Its DVS-compliant HD camera system, along with a 24-hour monitoring service and live streaming, enables operators to always have a working camera system and video footage when needed.
When it comes to auditing, the FORS fleet management system, powered by FleetCheck, delivers a comprehensive platform and inclusive vehicle inspection app enabling complete vehicle, driver and organisation management.
FORS FMS delivers the tools you need to obtain and maintain your FORS accreditation. Its intuitive design suits fleets of all sizes, providing a robust audit trail and total peace of mind.
For a low-cost, simple solution to improve detection of vulnerable road users, the Hi Vue Fresnel lens may be a good fit for your trucks.
It provides drivers with an extra 30-degree downwards view through a truck's passenger window so that close proximity, vulnerable road users can be seen in the dangerous mirror blind-spot area on the nearside. The Vantage Point lens provides a view outward and backwards behind the van’s side panelling.
An innovative safety device from NuVech Solutions – the AirBar system – will also be showcased at this year’s expo.
The AirBar is the first vehicle-mounted, retractable safety device, which when deployed forms a highly visible and effective barrier, raising awareness to oncoming road users.
The system can also operate in conjunction with the left hand indicator at speeds below 15mph to alert cyclists to a turning vehicle.
Fitment of the AirBar aims to significantly reduce the risk to drivers and operatives working around the vehicle by providing a safe working area and can be fitted to any vehicle.
Freight in the City Expo is also hosting a stand from Sentinel Systems, which will be highlighting its range of safety and compliance systems “designed to stand up to the rigorous day to day operations in challenging environments, our equipment is proven for robustness, quality and value”.
It is now offering 360° HD camera, monitor and recorder systems, with the option for fleet managers to have instant Live View access.
Spillard Safety Systems, meanwhile, is proud to proactively promote the awareness of the dangers faced by drivers, other road users, pedestrians and site workers due to restricted visibility from the driving position of all types of vehicle and mobile plant.
Through practical safety days, attendees from experienced operators through to young school children, are educated of these dangers by the mapping out of driver blind spots around a vehicle.
Spillard uses a strong team of internal engineers to both carry out quality assured installations and provide first-time fix after service.
Stoneridge, a global designer and manufacturer of highly engineered electrical and electronic solutions, will be also be showcasing a fantastic range of products to aid drivers and fleet managers alike.
From the new smart tachograph, to the infringement reducing D-ignition, Stoneridge offers everything you need for compliance, including a wide range of cameras, designed to reduce blind-spots and increase visibility.
Truck Door Windows will also have a presence at Freight in the City Expo, bringing along its range of direct vision passenger door windows. Made from single-glaze, condensation-free glass, they enable a fully operable passenger door window and cab integrity.
The windows are compatible with all leading manufacturers and have recently been approved by Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Freight in the City is the must-attend event for anyone involved in making urban logistics cleaner, safer, quieter or more efficient. This free event is taking place at Alexandra Palace, London on 6 November. Click here for more information and to get your free tickets.