Company fined after lorry kills worker

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Camgrain Stores has been fined for health and safety failings after an employee was killed by a truck.

The incident took place at the grain store company in Linton, Cambridgeshire on July 27, 2016.

Peterborough Crown Court heard how Edward Orlopp, an employee of Camgrain Stores, suffered fatal injuries after being struck by a lorry at the site.

Orlopp had left the control room to walk across the yard and on leaving the building walked in front of a moving lorry. The driver had checked his mirrors but said he did not see him.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Camgrain Stores had failed to ensure that pedestrians and vehicles could move safely around the site. The HSE also discovered that it had not provided measures to prevent employees walking into areas where large vehicles are moving.

Camgrain Stores of London Road, Balsham, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £180,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,000.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Stephen Faulkner said: “Being struck by vehicles is one of the most common causes of workplace fatal accidents. This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident caused by failure of the host company to undertake a number of simple measures.”

The HSE is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety.

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