Two Transport Related Incidents and Prosecutions

Waste and recycling company fined £1m following death of worker

Veolia ES (UK) Limited has been fined £1m and ordered to pay costs of £130,000 after a worker was run over and killed.

On 18 October 2013, an employee of the company was walking across the yard, at the Ross Depot Waste Transfer Station in Folkestone, when he was run over by a reversing refuse collection vehicle (RCV) and suffered fatal injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that multiple vehicles, including RCVs and articulated lorries, were manoeuvring around the yard with no specific controls.

Speaking after the court case, the HSE inspector said: “This should be a reminder to all industries, but in particular, the waste industry, to appropriately assess the risks and implement widely recognised control measures to adequately control manoeuvring vehicles, in particular reversing vehicles and restrict pedestrian movements around vehicles.”

Logistics company fined £150,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,649.27 after driver suffers serious injuries

PCL Transport 24/7 Limited has been fined after a driver was struck by a reversing vehicle when he was carrying out a pre-use check on his vehicle.

On 15 December 2015, an employee of the company was injured at a dairy in Aylesbury. The injured person was struck by a reversing vehicle while he was carrying out a pre-use check on his lorry.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that safety controls, principally the use of an allocated pre-use vehicle check area, were not being followed by the company’s lorry drivers.

Speaking after the hearing, the HSE inspector said: “Being struck by vehicles is still one of the highest causes of workplace fatal accidents. “Employers should ensure that where vehicles and pedestrians use the same areas, there is sufficient separation between them.”

PABIAC Strategy 2019-2013

Both the above incidences illustrate the importance of ensuring that all sites pay attention to the risks posed by moving vehicles

In line with HSE’s manufacturing and waste/recycling sector plans, Objective 3 of the next PABIAC strategy will focus on vehicle, material movement and storage stability.

In working towards delivering the objective there will be an expectation that ALL sites will have a system in place for collating and analysing all near miss, dangerous occurrences and property / material damage relating to the movement of vehicles.

ALL sites will have undertaken a full and comprehensive workplace transport audit, and based on the findings from the audit, implemented a comprehensive improvement plan.

PABIAC Strategy 2019-2023 ‘Health, Safety and Well-being – Hearts, Minds and People’ will be officially launched by Martin Temple, HSE Chair, at this year’s CPI Biennial Health, Safety and Industry Conference on Tuesday 9 July. Details of the conference will be circulated to Members shortly.

For further information contact Andrew Braund on 07974 980842 or email