Scottish Coal Company Ltd was fined £400,000 on 26th August following the death of two men crushed by a 100 tonne capacity dump truck. The two employees were killed in February 2007 when the Land Rover they were in was crushed at Pennyvenie open cast mine. The driver of the dump truck could not see the men’s vehicle as it was in a blindspot. Scottish Coal Company Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of HASWA.
Bearing in mind the known limitations of the visual fields of many earth-moving vehicles, including the dump truck in question, and a previous accident similar, there was a failure to provide suitable means of communication between different vehicles on site as well as a failure to manage traffic on site.
TDG (UK) Ltd was fined £325,000 in April after an employee was crushed to death at its Bardon premises. Two drivers were carrying out pre-departure checks on their lorries. The vehicles were parked back to back without a barrier between them. One vehicle rolled back, collided with the other and crushed one of the drivers to death; the driver of the other lorry had failed to apply his handbrake. The company pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of HASWA and also admitted a failure to carry out a risk assessment of tractor and trailer coupling and uncoupling, in breach of Regulation 3(1) of the Management Regulations. The other driver was fined £1,000 under section 7 HSAWA with £2,000 costs.
Dennis Eagle Ltd was fined £166,000 and costs of more than £22,000 in June this year after a worker was crushed carrying out maintenance work on a truck. Simon Rose, a field service engineer, died on 24 May 2006. Rose was working under a refuse-collection truck trying to resolve a parking break problem. The engine was running and the truck was in gear when the break slipped and the truck rolled over him. The subsequent investigation showed that Dennis Eagle had not provided wheel chocks and Rose improvised using two pieces of brick. The company had failed to carry out a suitable risk assessment of the task, the engineers had received inadequate information and instruction and there was insufficient supervision of the field service engineers as they had been left largely to look after themselves. The company was convicted of a breach of Section 2(1) of HASWA.