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Packaging company fined after worker hit by lorry

29-04-2012

The Corrugated Case Company Ltd. has been fined after an employee was seriously injured by a heavy goods vehicle at its site on Pilsley Road in Danesmoor, Chesterfield.

Pete Newsum, 55, of Chesterfield was returning to site from neighbouring premises after his lunch break on 14 December 2010 when the incident happened. The site was particularly congested with vehicles due to recent bad weather, which had prevented deliveries and collections in the days prior to the incident.

As he approached the company's yard on foot, a heavy goods vehicle was manoeuvring to allow another vehicle to move. The man followed the kerb into the company site and waited for the HGV to reverse past him, down the yard. When the vehicle passed him, Mr Newsum stepped off the kerb and out in front of the vehicle, assuming it would continue going backwards. At the same time, the HGV stopped reversing and moved forwards, knocking the man to the ground and dragging him underneath the vehicle.

A member of the public passing on the main road noticed the high visibility jacket worn by the man beneath the lorry and alerted the lorry driver, who immediately stopped the vehicle.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told North East Derbyshire magistrates that the company had failed to proactively risk assess and implement control measures for their workplace transport.

The Corrugated Case Company, of Pilsley Road, Danesmoor, Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Today magistrates fined the company £8,000 and ordered it to pay costs of £7,435.

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