London council and Veolia fined after worker crushed by vehicle

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The worker suffered multiple fractures and an injury which meant he needed a skin graft

London Borough of Croydon Council and Veolia have been fined after a worker was crushed by a reversing dust cart, suffering life changing injuries.

The workshop cleaner was struck by a 17 and a half tonne dust cart on 9 May 2016, suffering multiple fractures and an injury which meant he needed a skin graft.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the workshop cleaner was employed as a ‘supported employee’ due to learning difficulties which needed extra supervision.

He was known to have a history of standing in the path of moving vehicles, an issue which the HSE found both duty holders had failed to address.

The Southwark Crown Court heard how London Borough of Croydon had been relying on a historical agreement from 2003 where its previous waste contractor had agreed to supervise the workshop cleaner.

However direct management or supervision had diminished over time and the worker was left with no active management.

Veolia said it did not recognise the agreement or require services of the workshop cleaner, yet he had continued to be employed at the workshop since the Veolia contract had begun.

London Borough of Croydon was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £10,842.83.

Veolia was fined £250,000 and ordered to pay £11,359.83.

HSE inspector Megan Carr said: “This serious workplace transport incident could have been avoided if both duty holders had taken the appropriate safety precautions.

“Failing to identify the risks led to this man suffering serious like changing injuries.”

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