Driver Severely Injured by Tractor Unit
An Aberdeenshire, Great Britain haulage firm has been fined after a driver was severely injured when he was knocked to the ground and run over by a tractor unit of a Heavy Goods Vehicle, according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Ian Mackie, 43, from Turriff, was one of a team of drivers who worked for R & J Milne Limited operating out of its haulage yard in Norwood, Ardmiddle, Turriff.
Wheels Drove Over Foot & Leg
As part of their duties, drivers were regularly required to clean company vehicles in a “wash bay” area. Mackie was one of five drivers who had cleaned a tractor unit. He was talking to a colleague near the front of the vehicle, when the driver of that tractor unit climbed into his cab, started the vehicle and began to pull out of the wash bay.
As the vehicle turned left out of the wash bay, it struck Mackie, who fell into his colleague. Both men were knocked to the ground and one of the front wheels of the tractor unit drove over Mr Mackie’s right foot and leg.
Another driver raised the alarm and the tractor unit was reversed off Mr Mackie. He suffered severe injuries, including the removal of the soft tissue of his leg, an open wound and broken bones in his foot, a fractured pelvis and cracked ribs.
Mackie was in the hospital for 13 weeks and had to have a metal plate inserted into his pelvis and a skin graft on his leg. He returned to work, but has permanent scars along the length of his leg and to his hip and still suffers bad circulation, numbness and pain. The second employee who was knocked over during the incident escaped physical injury.
No Organized System to Control Vehicle Movements
Banff Sheriff Court heard this month that an investigation into the incident by the HSE found that there was no organized system to control vehicle movements within the yard around the wash bay area to segregate pedestrians from moving vehicles.
There was a ‘Health and Safety Manual’, prepared by a company of external consultants, which purported to deal with all health and safety issues and included various entries within the document that purported to be risk assessments dealing with transport issues. These largely took the form of various high-level statements which did not in any way amount to a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks involved in maneuvering vehicles around the site.
R & J Milne Ltd., of Carden Place, Aberdeen, was fined $32,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
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