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UK: Worker Crushed by a Shovel Loader, Two Companies Fined Total of £700,000

Sandy Smith

Two companies have been fined £700,000 after a worker suffered fatal crush injuries when he was struck by a shovel loader.

Mold Magistrates Court heard how on Feb. 6, 2017, a 29-year-old employee of C M Downton (Haulage Contractors) Ltd. was fatally crushed when he was struck from behind by a Volvo shovel loader while working at UPM-Kymmene (UK) Ltd.’s Shotton Paper Mill.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there was no safe system of work to segregate pedestrians and vehicles and that drivers had limited visibility when driving large shovel loaders.

“This death would have been prevented had an effective system for managing workplace transport been in place,” said HSE inspector Mhairi Duffy. “This is a reminder to all employers to properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimize the risks from moving vehicles in their workplaces.”

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C M Downton (Haulage Contractors) Ltd. of Moreton Valance pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £350,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,613.90. The company also was ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

UPM-Kymmene (UK) Ltd. of Irvine, Ayrshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £350,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,711.90. The company also was ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. The agency works to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses.

About the Author: Award-winning newspaper reporter and business-to-business journalist Sandy Smith is global content leader for Intelex Technologies Inc. Before joining Intelex, Smith served as content director for leading occupational safety and health publication EHS Today for 10 years and has written about EHS for 20+ years.

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March 04, 2019 @ 09:00 AM EST Construction, Transportation Services, Waste / Wastewater Management Health & Safety

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