UCH Logistics fined after forklift accident

A Middlesex logistics company has been ordered to pay £20,940.40 in fines and costs following a forklift truck accident that left a worker with head injuries.

UCH Logistics, which has ?an O-licence authorising ?26 vehicles and 10 trailers, pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations at its yard in Staines, following an incident in September last year that saw an employee being hit by a reversing forklift truck.

Andrew Elliss, a UCH employee from Isleworth, suffered head injuries that he continues to feel the effects of.

CCTV footage seen by the HSE, which prosecuted the company, showed forklifts loading and unloading vehicles at the site, with pedestrians regularly weaving between them.

Redhill Magistrates’ Court was told that the company’s yard had been resurfaced a ?few years before the accident and no markings had been made on the ground to segregate pedestrians from moving vehicles.

Airfreight haulier UCH Logistics, of Stanwell Moor Road in Staines, pleaded ?guilty to breaching the Workplace (Health, Safety ?and Welfare) Regulations ?1992 and was fined £20,000 ?with £942.40 in prosecution ?costs on 13 October.

HSE inspector Russell Beckett said: “Workplace transport incidents are the third highest cause of workplace fatalities, and accidents can be prevented if companies implement simple control measures.

“The need to walk through this area was clearly foreseeable and the risk from vehicle traffic was high. When I saw the CCTV footage, it was clear this was an accident waiting to happen.”

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Scania hybrid debuts at RAI Show

In a clear indication that Europe’s post-recession CV industry is back on track, Amsterdam’s Bedrijfsauto, better known as the RAI Show, returned this week after a three year gap

Although not yet back to the glory days when it matched the Hannover IAA show’s status as a full international event, RAI is being fully supported by all the leading manufacturers through their local networks.

Despite the lull following the major launches surrounding the arrival of Euro-6, there was still plenty to see. Scania showcased its Hybrid truck (pictured), the first example of which is expected to be delivered to customers in 2016.

The hybrid combines a Euro-6 9-litre diesel engine, capable of running on 100% bio-diesel and rated at 320hp, with a 174hp/ 1,050Nm electric motor, which is mounted between the engine and a special version of the two-pedal Opticruise 12-speed transmission.

Although the electric power is stored in a 5kWh battery pack, only 25% of its capacity is used, giving an electrically-powered range of 2km at 15-tonne GVW. Scania engineers said they deliberately chose this approach to enhance battery life and driveability, while providing emission-free and near silent traction in sensitive locations.

Running on bio-diesel, Scania claims a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 92%. The hybrid driveline is available on all two- and three-axle normal height rigid chassis with a minimum of 3,900mm axle spacing, with P and G cabs.

The batteries – which are expected to last seven years – and electrics add almost 800kg to the unladen weight and, more importantly, €50,000 (£37,000) to the list price. Whether that price is one UK operators will pay depends heavily on whether

Scania UK decides to offer the hybrid with an attractive finance, maintenance and buy-back package to reduce the risk of taking on what could otherwise become an expensive white elephant.

As well as the Scania Hybrid, there was the first public appearance of the new Iveco Eurocargo and last-minute surprises came from Daf, with a host of improvements to the LF, including a new Silent version of the 7.5-tonner, and Renault with a Range D mini-artic tractor.