Mansfield recycling company fined £650,000 after reversing vehicle fatality

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The worker was struck by a reversing delivery vehicle in April 2016

Textile and recycling company Savanna Rags International has been fined £650,000 after a worker was fatally injured when she was struck by a reversing delivery vehicle in April 2016.

A HSE investigation found there were no measures in place at the Mansfield site to segregate pedestrians from moving vehicles.

There was also no safe system of work to ensure reversing was minimised and vehicles could manoeuvre safely.

Savanna Rags International pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, as well as two other breaches of safety-related legislation.

Incidents involving vehicles is one of the most common cause of fatal injuries in the sector.

HSE is currently targeting the sector with an inspection initiative which looks at the safe use of transport and other risks.

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