Company fined £60,000 after vehicles collide

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Glossop-based Carpenter, which makes underlay and soft furnishings, has been fined after a visiting tanker collided with a fork lift truck.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on June 23, 2017, a tanker was reversing into a tanker discharge bay at Dinting Lodge in Glossop when it collided at low speed with a fork lift truck. No workers were injured in the incident.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that the company had insufficient control of workplace transport, in particular, reversing vehicles.

Carpenter, of Dinting Lodge Industrial Estate, Glossop, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 and has been fined £60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,302.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Medani Close said: “The host company failed to undertake a number of simple safety measures including segregation of reversing vehicles, from other moving vehicles and pedestrians, and ensuring that reversing manoeuvres were supervised, in accordance with their site rules.” 


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