Grundon Waste Management has been fined after a traffic marshal was struck and killed by one of its vehicles on a construction site.
A waste lorry operated by the firm had been reversing down a ramp at the former BBC Television Centre in London to collect waste from a customer’s loading bay, when it struck and fatally injured traffic marshal, Kiril Karadzhov.
A jury at Southwark Crown Court heard that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), following the incident on February 22, 2016, found that Grundon failed to identify reversing as a hazard that needed to be eliminated or controlled and that suitable actions had not been taken to control the risk of reversing.
This, it said, exposed pedestrians to risks to their safety. If reversing had been identified as a risk then the risk could have been eliminated or reduced, such as by developing a clear and safe system of work to access the loading bay on their customer’s sites.
Grundon, of Oxford Road, Benson, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, was found guilty of breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £550,000 and instructed to pay £96,874.15 in costs.
HSE inspector Sharon Boyd said: “If the hazard of reversing vehicles had been properly identified and appropriate discussions had taken place with those responsible for traffic management, a consistent system of work which properly controlled the risks associated with the hazard could have been developed and Mr Karadzhov’s death could have been avoided.
“The dangers associated with reversing vehicles are well known and a wealth of advice and guidance is freely available from HSE and other organisations.”
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety.