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Skip company fined £35,000 after worker injured

A recycling company in the north-east has been fined after a worker was run over by a reversing telehandler.

The incident took place at the premises of Skippy Waste Services in Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees.

Teesside Magistrates Court was told that on 30 September 2016 an employee was walking along the roadway between a warehouse and a sorting shed when he was run over by a reversing telehandler.

He sustained multiple fractures including four breaks to his left leg.

Skippy Waste Services pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £35,000. It was also ordered to pay £1,852.76 in costs.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that measures in place to protect employees on foot from moving vehicles were inadequate, with a lack of physical measures such as pedestrian walkways, while the management arrangements in place were not sufficient to control vehicle movements.

HSE inspector Chris Lucas said: “This incident could so easily have resulted in yet another death, and could have been prevented by the company implementing simple measures such as the pedestrian walkways which it put in place afterwards.

”This should serve as a lesson to others in the waste industry about how they should effectively control workplace transport risks to prevent others being seriously injured or killed.”

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