Prosecutions

Waste co in dock over refuse vehicle crush

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A waste management company has been fined £1.2m after an employee was killed by a reversing lorry.


On 8 April 2016, the employee of Enterprise Managed Services Limited was fatally crushed when he tripped and fell under the wheels of the refuse lorry in Ashby Road, Daventry whilst on a routine collection of recyclable refuse.

An investigation by HSE found that a suitable and sufficient risk assessment had not been carried out for the collection route and there was a failure to adequately supervise the Daventry waste and recycling round.

Enterprise Managed Services Limited of the Chancery Exchange, Furnival Street, London pleaded guilty at Northampton Crown Court to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £1,020,000 and ordered to pay costs of £60,476.

Speaking after the hearing, investigating HSE inspector Michelle Morrison said: “This tragic incident led to the death of a young man, which could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out a suitable and sufficient route risk assessment and identifying where reversing could be avoided.

“Those in control of workplaces are responsible for identifying and implementing suitable methods of working to reduce the need for vehicle reversing.”

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