Workplace Transport – Death of a Driver (while he was a Pedestrian)

Death of a Driver

Whilst standing on open ground at the rear of the trailer of his articulated vehicle, the driver KA was struck by a wheeled shovel loader operating in the yard at their Auchinleck premises in Scotland, Ayr Sheriff Court heard.

Failure to Assess the Risks and to implement Control Measures

The investigation by the HSE revealed that the company’s risk assessments for workplace transport were not suitable or sufficient. This resulted in a failure to identify that pedestrians, including delivery drivers, were at risk of being struck by moving vehicles in the yard, despite the high level of vehicle movements and previous near misses. Consequently, the company failed to implement appropriate measures to control that risk, including the provision of designated pedestrian walkways.

Egger (UK) Limited of Technology House, Goldsworth Road, Woking pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 and was fined £910,000.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector, Kathryn Wilson said:

The risks to pedestrians where vehicles are operating is well known. This incident could so easily have been avoided had the company identified the risks and put straightforward control measures and safe working practices in place. Had they done so the delivery driver would still be alive.

Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.

Simple Actions to take

  • Understand and assess the risks
  • Introduce appropriate control measures
    • This can be simple in some cases and much more complex in others
    • Contact us if you think you need assistance
  • Segregate Pedestrians from Vehicles
  • Provide training and supervision
  • Monitor, Supervise, and Manage
  • Keep the situation under review, and revise measures if and when appropriate