tragic accident was preventable (all too often the case)

 “This tragic accident was preventable had all parties considered the risks involved and taken appropriate measures to reduce that risk”  – too often, comments like this are made after a serious injury or a fatality. This does not diminish the truth of the statement, but it does underline a serious problem: people often don’t do the thinking (and the joining up of the thinking) in advance. Take a look at the recent case below:

ATE Truck and Trailer Sales Ltd, a company that buys, refurbishes and sells Heavy Goods Vehicles and trailers has been sentenced following the death of 63-year-old worker WP (who was a self-employed contractor). Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that on 21 February 2013 WP suffered fatal head injuries when he was struck by the roof of a trailer he was dismantling at the Marston Industrial Estate site. The investigation by the HSE found that ATE had undertaken this task before by its own employees and had an established method in place. ATE, however, failed to properly consider the risks involved in this work and did not provide WP with information in relation to his safety when ‘stripping down’ the trailers.

ATE Truck and Trailer Services Ltd of Boundary Industrial Estate, Stafford Road, Wolverhampton pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The company has fined £475,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,000.

Want to avoid another case of “ tragic accident was preventable”?

  • Do the risk assessment (before the task)
  • Share the risk assessment
  • Monitor what actually happens