Health and Safety Failings – Animal feed firm fined following death of lorry driver

Animal feed firm fined following death of lorry driver

Key Facts: 

  • A lorry driver died after a stockpile of soya meal collapsed on him.
  • The animal feed company was then investigated by the HSE.
  • They were fined £600,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,095.10.

The case: 

A Cobham based animal feed company were fined after an incident resulted in the death of a lorry driver.

The 64-year-old lorry driver was working at Seaforth Dock in Liverpool when a stockpile of soya meal collapsed on him. He later died of his injuries in hospital. An HSE investigation was launched.

The case was heard at Liverpool Crown Court in April 2015, where the company was charged with breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. They were fined £600,000, plus costs of £20,095.10.

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What the law states: 

Regulation 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states:

It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.

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