Jaguar Land Rover fined £900k after crush

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The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has made another successful prosecution after safety failings resulted in factory workers being injured. The incident at carmaker Jaguar Land Rover resulted in a fine of £900,000. The court heard a car was driven to the start of a production line. While this normally happened 48 times an hour, […]

£180k fine for no pedestrian / vehicle separation

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The importance of keeping vehicles and people apart has been shown once more after a worker was forcibly struck by a moving vehicle. A ‘mechanical shovel’ was being driven at pace to get momentum to load refuse when an employee walked in the shovel driver’s blind spot. He suffered near fatal injuries and lost both […]

Something In The Air

Every Breath We Take: The Lifelong Impact of Air Pollution

There’s a changing attitude toward pollution. How can you play your part? In February 2016 the Royal College of Physicians released a report called Every Breath We Take: The Lifelong Impact of Air Pollution. The report’s findings indicate that in the UK air pollution is responsible for around 40,000 deaths each year. This is from […]

Vehicle Unloading Injury

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A haulage firm has been fined for safety failings after a worker was seriously injured when an unsecured barrel fell from a lorry onto his head. The employee was unloading empty bourbon casks from the vehicle but when the doors were opened by about a foot, one of the casks, weighing more than 40kg, fell […]

Workplace Transport Safety

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New guidance on controlling risks associated with workplace transport has been produced by the HSE and reflects changes to legislation. The guidance entitled ‘Workplace Transport Safety – A Brief Guide’ (INDG199 rev2) is divided into three main areas: Safe site (design and activity) Safe vehicle Safe driver Workplace transport incidents account for over 5000 accidents […]

In Court: Talking on Hands-Free

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A 43 year-old woman lost control of her Mercedes as she drove at around 40mph on a 60mph carriageway, and ploughed into an oncoming car on the opposite side of the road. The driver she hit had to be cut from her vehicle by firefighters and put on board an air ambulance, but she died […]

In Court: Driving Whilst Tired

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Companies can be liable for driving-related incidents even during the “regular commute” as a result of work conditions impacting on the driver, a court has found. In this case, a young employee died in a traffic collision whilst driving home after working three consecutive 19-hour shifts. The vehicle he was driving drifted into the path […]

Occupational Driving

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According to the Department for Transport figures, more than a quarter of all road traffic incidents involve someone who is driving on behalf of their employer. Employers should be aware of their statutory duties not believe the myth that once the vehicle leaves the employer’s premises it is then the driver’s sole responsibility. A business […]