Firms fined after worker killed by HGV

Two transport companies have been fined a combined total of £2.2 million after a worker was killed when he was hit by a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) in Birmingham.

Neil Roberts, 60, was a depot manager of Turners (Soham) Limited when he was struck by a reversing HGV on 30 August 2019. The incident happened at the premises of The Haulage Group Ltd (previously known as Howell Group Ltd), on Inkerman Street, when the vehicle reversed out of a parking space in the transport yard.

Turners (Soham) Limited, Newmarket, Suffolk, was fined £1.9m, while The Haulage Group Ltd, Maybrook Business Park, Minworth, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, was fined £300,000.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the companies had failed to manage the risk associated with workplace transport.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE principal inspector Amy Kalay said: “This tragic incident was completely preventable.

“Both companies failed to recognise and control the risks associated with workplace transport, and in particular the dangers of reversing vehicles and poor visibility.

“The principle of ensuring pedestrians and vehicles are kept apart is well known and the measures needed to ensure separation and control the risk need not be complicated.

“If the companies had acted to identify and manage the risks involved, and to put a safe system of work in place, this incident would not have happened.”

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