The lack of separation of people from moving vehicles was one of the reasons that an 89-year-old worker was fatally injured when struck by a reversing delivery vehicle. In too many workplaces that I visit, there is insufficient consideration given to this common, dangerous, controllable practice.
The Magistrates’ Court in Mansfield heard how on 26 April 2016 the woman, working for Savanna Rags International Limited, was walking from the weighbridge towards the smoking shelter in the rear yard during her afternoon break. A delivery vehicle driven by a visiting driver reversed from the weighbridge towards the rear yard to deliver goods when she was struck by the back of the vehicle sustaining fatal injuries.
During the course of its investigation, the HSE found that the company had failed to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks arising from vehicle movement. It was custom and practice for vehicles to reverse from the weighbridge, which was also used by employees to access the factory. There were no measures in place to adequately segregate pedestrians from moving vehicles, and there wasn’t a safe system of work in place to ensure that vehicles could manoeuvre safely.
Worker Killed By Falling Boxes
A Plymouth firm has been prosecuted after a worker was fatally injured when a stack of boxes of frozen fish fell on him. The 22-year-old employee was helping to clear a fallen stack of boxes in a cold store area of the factory when another stack of boxes fell and struck him. He received multiple serious injuries which proved fatal.
The subsequent HSE investigation found that there was no safe system of work in place, and staff were not given adequate instruction on how pallets could be safely stored. There was no written procedure for dealing with falls of stock.
The case was heard at Plymouth Crown Court where the firm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They were fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £24,800.
The HSL’s GRIP Scheme
We come across slips, trips, and falls more often than we’d like to. Infact, they remain the most common cause of major injuries to employees. This got us looking at the HSL’s GRIP Scheme, and how this might help reduce the number of incidents. We thought we’d share what we found about it in this week’s Spotlight On article.
The HSL’s GRIP Scheme is a system for rating the level of slip resistance provided by footwear in the workplace. It has been developed by HSL as a proactive step towards reducing slips in the workplace. If a manufacturer choses to participate in the scheme, their footwear is given a GRIP rating from 1 – 5 Stars, following rigorous testing.