Fatal coupling incident sees YCT fined £170,000

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Tilbury-based container haulier YCT, which trades as Youngs Container Transport, has been fined £170,000 after a driver was crushed between two trucks at its site.

The HGV driver suffered fatal injuries in October 2015 when his truck rolled forward while he was coupling a tractor unit to a trailer at the firm’s site in Thurrock Park Way.

The HSE said YCT had failed to monitor arrangements to ensure that drivers were consistently coupling and uncoupling trailers in a safe manner and in line with industry guidance.

It said that as a result of the company’s failure to implement safe systems of work, a culture developed whereby drivers were not always using trailer parking brakes.

YCT pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Southend Magistrates Court on 5 October. It was fined £170,000 with £6,268.80 in costs.

HSE inspector Jessica Churchyard said: “This tragic incident led to the avoidable death of a young man, and was caused in part by the failure of his employer to implement and monitor safe systems of work to prevent vehicle runaways.

“This death could have easily been prevented if his employer had acted to identify and manage the risks involved, and followed the industry guidance.”


Utranazz: Dealer drop-in


This week we visited UK concrete mixer truck dealer, Buckingham-based Utranazz. The family-run firm, founded in 1965, had quality vehicles for sale or hire at its facility on the Tingewick Road Industrial Park.

A vehicle that caught our eye was a Mercedes-Benz Arocs 4136 8x4 with a new Hydromix/Holcombe volumetric mobile concrete mixer. The dealer can paint the 44-tonner to customer specifications and arrange free delivery and training in mainland UK. It comes with a full warranty and is £195,000, subject to the final specification.

Also on display was a 2005 Iveco Eurocargo 180E24, 4x2 18-tonner that produces 240hp. The 05-plate truck is fitted to a used Hymix Mini-Mix transit mixer. The vehicle, which has been sandblasted and repainted, has 201,000km on the clock and is £15,250.

Finally, there were three new, unregistered, Mercedes-Benz M-Cab Arocs 3240 8x4 32-tonners with 400hp engines and automatic transmissions, pictured. They come with air-con, reversing cameras and alarms, front and rear beacons and full warranties. The vehicles all include unused Schwing-Stetter standard transit concrete mixers and are available for £112,500 each.

Utranazz has a selection of spare parts and its mechanics also carry out R&M and servicing in the workshop.

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