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Shropshire fuel firm fined £20,000

Date:
21 May 2015

A fuel supply business has been sentenced after one of its workers was injured after being struck by a vehicle in a works yard.

D A Roberts Fuels Ltd of Grindley Brook, Whitchurch, Shropshire, pleaded guilty to safety failings after the incident at the premises in 19 February 2014.

Shropshire Magistrates’ Court heard the employee was tasked with clearing out the drains in the yard shared with an adjacent business. As he was kneeling to clean out a drain he was struck by an approaching vehicle,driven by the employee of the adjacent company, and suffering injuries including a bone fracture to the neck.

DA Roberts Fuels Ltd was fined £20,000 with costs of £2,989 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), prosecuting, told the court the defendant had not provided a safe system of work, as there were no barriers to segregate the work area, no signage was used to warn people of the work and no consideration had been given to performing the work when vehicles were not moving.

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk.
  2. Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”
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