TruckEast in ST Fleet Services deal

Scania dealer TruckEast has provided details behind its February purchase of Northampton trailer maintenance specialists ST Fleet Services – which has been re-named ST Fleet.

The 30-year-old, family-run business, adds an eight-bay workshop and fleet of six mobile service vans to TruckEast’s offerings. ST Fleet Services also provides trailer and truck inspections and repairs; MoT preparation; brake roller testing and an on-site vehicle wash. 

Matt Thomas, son of previous owner Steve Thomas, has continued to run the day-to-day operation as general manager. 

Graham Broughton, regional aftersales director, west, at TruckEast, said: “ST Fleet has a great reputation supporting local operators. Its specialism in trailer repairs and servicing comes as a welcome addition to our business.

“Former customers and employees of ST Fleet Services can rest assured of a seamless transfer of ownership that will leave them in the safest of hands.”

The sale, for an undisclosed sum, adds to TruckEast’s existing specialist services portfolio. Since 2004, when TruckEast first launched its specialist service division, it has continued to expand and now has 14 commercial workshops. It also offers tail-lift repairs, trailer, tanker and municipal services and a dedicated recovery fleet.

H&M Distribution fined £60,000 after driver sustains life-changing injuries.

H&M Distribution has been fined £60,000 after an agency multidrop delivery driver sustained life-changing injuries.

Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard how the 27-year-old driver was using a pallet truck to manoeuvre beer kegs on his lorry when he fell backwards from the raised tail-lift onto the road.

He was struck by several of the kegs and suffered a traumatic brain injury and facial fractures which required metal plates to be inserted into his skull.

The court heard how it was the agency worker’s first day at the company and he had received “a brief induction process” after arriving that morning at H&M Distribution’s Gloucester depot.

An investigation by the HSE found the worker had no previous experience in using the type of pallet truck or tail-lift involved in the incident.

He had not been given any practical training in the safe use of the machinery, nor was he made aware of safe working practices or how the pallet truck should be used on a tail-lift.

H&M Distribution pleaded guilty to breaching the Health & Safety at Work Act and it was ordered to pay costs of more than £7,000.

HSE inspector Berenice Ray said: “Employers who use agency workers or contractors have a responsibility to firstly establish the workers’ competence, taking into account their level of experience and familiarity with the work and work equipment, and then provide the appropriate level of training to ensure the work is done safely.”

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