Stafford Crown Court heard how an employee of DHL Services Limited (DHL) was auditing in-coming deliveries of equipment in an outside yard at JCB World Headquarters when he was struck from behind by falling machinery. At the time of the incident the machinery was being towed by an electric tug and weighed approximately 770kg.
The trolley toppled on its side trapping the DHL employee between it and a stillage. He suffered multiple serious injuries including fractures and internal injuries.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found there were a number of safety failures related to this auditing activity and the segregation between employees and vehicles using this area, leading to an unsafe system of work.
In addition to the injured worker, the investigation also identified that employees of JC Bamford Excavators Ltd accessed this area as pedestrians when vehicles were operating.
DHL Services Limited, of Midsummer Boulevard, Central, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £266,000 and ordered to pay costs of £23,370.22.
J C Bamford Excavators Limited, of Lakeside Works, Rocester, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £375,000 and ordered to pay costs of £37,235.42.
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