Royal Mail has been fined GBP 90,000 after admitting health and safety breaches that led to a fatal work injury at the company’s distribution centre in Heathrow.
Colin Smith died after becoming trapped between a tractor and a trailer at the centre while attempting to remove a lock in 2006.
The driver of the tractor had reversed his vehicle to line up with the trailer unit, failing to notice Mr Smith until it was too late.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Karl Howes said that the tragic incident could easily have been prevented if Royal Mail has ensured proper control of vehicle activities on the site.
"The company failed to adequately assess the risk to shunters working in the yard or to identify and rectify the unsafe system and this contributed to Mr Smith’s death," he added.
It follows news that a lorry-trailer building company in Trafford has been prosecuted and fined after a worker was crushed by two tonnes of falling metal.