Wolverhampton Crown Court heard last week how Price had been cutting the superstructure off a curtain-sided trailer when the incident took place.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that staff at ATE Truck and Trailer Sales had previously cut off trailer roofs using a different, established method. However, in this case, it had failed to properly consider the risks involved in the cutting work and did not provide Price with any information in relation to his safety when stripping down the trailers.
According to the Express and Star, the court heard that ATE Truck and Trailer Sales, based at Boundary Industrial Estate, Stafford Road, Wolverhampton, had a £17m turnover in 2015 and a £2.5m gross profit.
In sentencing, Judge Barry Berlin said: "The requirement of a risk assessment in circumstances like these is not just good practice but a fundamental and mandatory legal requirement."
The firm pleaded guilty to breaching reg 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. ATE Truck and Trailer Sales was fined £475,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,000.
Truro Crown Court was told that water had been intermittently leaking from a sandwich chiller over a 44-hour period in July 2015. Although staff had mopped up the water, they had not taken any action to stop or contain the leak, nor to prevent customers walking into the area. Engineers had been called to the store the day before the accident happened and were thought to have successfully repaired the chiller. However, water continued to seep out and staff had placed a wet floor sign next to the leak but had failed to report it as a maintenance issue.
An electric tug was towing the trolley through the yard at JCB’s headquarters in Rochester, Staffordshire on 16 October 2013. At the same time, a DHL employee was auditing incoming deliveries nearby.Stafford Crown Court was told that the trolley fell on its side and struck the worker, pinning him to a stillage. He sustained fractures and internal injuries. The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) investigation found there was no system to segregate vehicles operating the warehouse from both DHL and JCB workers who were on foot.
Holt JCB instructed the apprentice to replace the machinery’s air-filled wheels with foam ones on 8 April 2016, Swansea Magistrates’ Court was told. As he did, one of the 400 kg tyres fell on him and broke bones in both his feet. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to risk assess the job, had not trained staff on how to handle tyres, and did not have any wheel handling equipment at the site in Port Talbot, Wales.
The 71-year-old man sustained serious bruising and injuries to his arms, legs and head. Nottingham Crown Court was told that the employee was operating a tractor fitted with a mounted grab attachment to collect branches for burning. The disabled man was on a guided walk in the park. The council worker did not see him and ran into him.
The device, which is a common feature on trams across the UK and Europe, is designed to activate when the driver fails to maintain pressure on the lever that increases the tram’s speed. To pick up speed, drivers have to apply 0.68 kg of pressure on the lever. If the pressure is not maintained, an alarm should sound and an emergency brake be applied.