Reycling firm incurs £200,000 fine plus costs

HSE have publicised the following court case involving a well known recycling firm;

Recycling firm Sita UK has been fined £200,000 with £11,998 costs after a worker was struck by a moving vehicle, leaving him unlikely to return to work in the near future.
On 13 October Preston Crown Court was told that an employee was hit by a 7.5 tonne telehandler at a waste transfer site in Darwen, Lancashire.
While walking across an outside plastics hand sorting area, the unnamed employee passed behind a stationary telehandler. However, the vehicle began to reverse while he was still in the vicinity and knocked him to the ground.

He was run over by the rear wheels of the vehicle, and remained in hospital for other two months while recovering from his injuries.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), prosecuting, told the court that Sita UK, which has now been rebranded Suez, had failed to put in place suitable measures to stop pedestrians being hit by moving vehicles, despite having identified the risks. The company, of Grenfell Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, pleaded guilty to beaching the Health and Safety at Work Act. HSE inspector Stuart Kitchingman said: “Employers need to look carefully at their workplaces regularly to make sure that pedestrian routes are clearly marked and physically separated from vehicle routes wherever possible. “The employee could have easily been killed and still has severe mobility problems as a result of the accident. He is unlikely to be able to work in the near future.”