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Truck driver ran over Royal Mail worker’s foot

The Royal Mail Group has been fined £50,000 after a worker’s foot was run over by a reach truck in a warehouse.

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The accident happened at Royal Mail’s bundling centre in Rochester, Kent, on 7 March 2014, when a worker stepped out into an aisle and his foot was crushed by the truck. He was not wearing steel-capped safety boots and sustained broken bones.  
Pedestrians and vehicles operated in the warehouse without segregation. The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) investigation found that the workplace transport was not organised to ensure that both could circulate safely.  
At Medway Magistrates Court, Royal Mail Group pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, which covers the organisation of traffic routes, and Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, which requires employer risk assessments.
It was ordered to pay costs of £10,406.


Keeley Downey was the former assistant editor of IOSH Magazine. Previously she was editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine


  • The risk of not segregating

    Permalink Submitted by dalene atterbury on 25 May 2016 - 01:40 pm

    The risk of not segregating foot and vehicle construction traffic is high, yet common practice: has anyone more to say on this?

  • Such accidents happens when

    Permalink Submitted by James on 23 June 2016 - 06:58 pm

    Such accidents happens when the driver looses his control over the machine, or he is not in his senses. Drunk driving is not permissible in almost every part of the world, so the professional trucking companies disallow their drivers to mix drinking and driving. Therefore, if anyone wants to build a safe and profitable trucking career, he should quit consuming addictive drinks as soon as possible.


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