Haulage company fined after worker crushed

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Bryan Alexander has been fined after one of its workers was crushed by a hydraulic extension on one of its vehicles on the roadside in Plymouth.

The worker suffered life changing internal injuries as a result of this incident.

Plymouth Magistrates Court heard how on January 7, 2015, the worker was unloading one the trailers. As the man moved out of the way of another approaching vehicle, he came into the path of the hydraulic extension that he did not know was moving.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to implement a safe system of work for this work activity.

Bryan Alexander of Village Farm Industrial Estate, Pyle, Bridgend, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, has been fined £46,667 and ordered to pay costs of £6,228.04.

HSE Inspector Melissa Lai-Hung said: “This case highlights that duty holders have the responsibility to implement safe systems of work to avoid serious incidents like this.”

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