Coventry City Council has been fined after one of its collection vehicles hit and killed an 11-year old girl on her way to school. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the council for health and safety breaches and it was fined £125,000 and ordered to pay costs of £40,000 at Coventry Crown Court on February 11 2008.
Investigating HSE inspector Paul Smith said: There is a tragic history of pedestrians, particularly children and old people, being run over by refuse collection vehicles. These incidents must act as a stimulus for the industry to review its procedures, making sure that vehicle risks are properly controlled. There are simple and straight forward control measures that have been specifically designed for the waste and recycling industry."
Recent research from the HSE found significant improvement in health and safety in the waste and recycling industry (February 15 2008, mrw). But added that more needed to be done.