A waste management company has today been sentenced after a 56-year-old man was fatally injured in a lorry runaway incident at a hospital in Plymouth.
Plymouth Crown Court heard how Lee Jane, an employee of Viridor Waste Management Ltd, was working at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. Mr Jane had been using a lorry and trailer to remove skips of ash from the incinerator within the hospital premises. He had parked his lorry and trailer on a downward sloping road outside of the incinerator building.
Mr Jane was in the process of coupling the lorry to the skip trailer on this road when he lost control of the vehicle combination. He attempted to prevent the vehicle runaway, but was drawn under the trailer and tragically sustained fatal injuries. The runaway vehicles continued rolling downhill and collided with the hospital radio building.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established the handbrake of the lorry had not been applied. The investigation also found there was no suitable and sufficient specific risk assessment to address the waste collection operation on site and in consequence the work had not been appropriately planned.
Viridor Waste Management Limited of Peninsula House, Rydon Lane, Exeter pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 in relation to the failure to conduct a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of the work being undertaken. The company has been fined £237,500 and ordered to pay costs of £128,428.94.