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Vehicle body builder fined after workers pinned between vehicles

A vehicle body manufacturer’s failure to identify and assess workplace transport risks left two workers seriously injured after they were crushed by an 18-tonne lorry.

On 12 January 2015 a Commercial Body Specialists worker was maneuvering the 18-tonne vehicle at the company’s workshop in Stoke-on-Trent. As he did so he struck two co-workers, pinning them between the moving lorry and two stationary vehicles. One worker sustained pelvis and rib fractures and internal bladder and kidney lacerations, while the other’s legs were crushed. A third employee managed to jump out of the way. 

The Health and Safety Executive’s investigation into what happened found the company had not assessed the risks of workplace transport and failed to put in place protective measures, safe systems of work and proper instruction and training. 

Commercial Body Specialists pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act at North Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court. It was fined £20,000 plus costs of £4,461. 


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

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