Health & Safety Newsletter April 2017

Self-employed haulage contractor killed by reversing lorry

Daniel Adams, 63, of Farnworth, rented a unit on Sandywood Industrial Estate owned by Alec Sharples Farm Supplies and Transport Limited where the fatal incident occurred on the 7th May 2014.

Manchester Crown Court heard how Mr Adams had been working on one of his own lorries when an HGV owned by Alec Sharples reversed into Mr Adam’s section of the yard.

The HGV driver spoke with Mr Adams. However, when the conversation was over the HGV driver reversed his truck,         inadvertently crushing Mr Adam’s between the two vehicles. Daniel Adams was taken to Salford Royal Hospital where he died of internal injuries two days later.

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which prosecuted Alec Sharples Farm Supplies and Transport Limited for serious safety failings in the organisation and operation of the site.

The HSE investigation found the firm had failed to implement a safe system of work for reversing HGV’s and training drivers. There was no segregation of pedestrians and HGV’s or any banksmen provided.

Alec Sharples Farm Supplies and Transport Ltd of Roscow Road, Kearsley, Bolton pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,000.


Safe manoeuvring at work

  • It may be worthwhile adding extra mirrors to reduce blind spots for drivers. Side mirrors can allow drivers of larger vehicles to see cyclists and pedestrians alongside their vehicles.
  • Visibility may worsened if drivers place items in the windscreen area or in the way of mirrors so it is important that this area is kept clear.
  • CCTV is worthwhile as it may help drivers to see clearly behind the vehicle.
  • The use of a radar is useful when reversing on open sites where the number of unwanted alarms is likely to be low.


Personal Protective Equipment Regulation Changes

The Personal Protective Equipment Directive 89/686/EEC is over 20 years old. The Directive will move to a Regulation and full enforcement of the new PPE Regulation will be in place by 2018.

The change is due to the advancement in products available, this means that technological advancements have changed the way that PPE should be categorised.

 What are the main H&S legislation changes?

  • Issuing a Declaration of Conformity with each PPE or at least a link to where it can be obtained.
  • Moving life jackets from Category ll to Category lll PPE.
  • Moving hearing protection from Category ll to Category lll.
  • Responsibilities outlined for importers and distributors.
  • A compulsory maximum five-year certificate validity.









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