Veolia fined £1m following death of worker in Coventry

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Veolia was fined £1m and ordered to pay costs of £130,000

Veolia ES (UK) has been fined £1m after a worker was run over by a RCV while walking across the firm’s Folkestone depot in Canterbury.

John Head suffered fatal injuries back in October 2013 when he was struck by the vehicle while walking across the Ross Depot Waste Transfer Station.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that multiple vehicles, including RCVs and articulated lorries, were manoeuvring around the yard with no specific controls.

It accused Veolia of failing to adequately asses the risks involved in the yard and said it did not implement industry recognised control measures to protect employees.

Canterbury Crown Court found Veolia guilty of breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Kevin Golding, HSE inspector, said: “This should be a reminder to all industries, but in particular, the waste industry, to appropriately assess the risks and implement widely recognised control measures to adequately control manoeuvring vehicles, in particular reversing vehicles and restrict pedestrian movements around vehicles.”

The firm was ordered to pay costs of £130,000 on top of the fine.

A Veolia spokesperson said: "Veolia fully respects the decision of the jury and today’s sentencing. We deeply regret the events that resulted in the death of our long standing employee, John Head, and apologise to his family and friends.

“The site and business has since made significant changes and improvements to the way we operate, as we continually strive to improve the safety of our operations and most importantly our employees.”

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