Vehicle hire company fined GBP 5k over accident at work

A Hampshire-based vehicle hire company has been fined GBP 5,000 after one of its employees was injured by a moving vehicle in an accident at work.

Westminster Magistrates Court heard that a mechanic working for SHB Hire Ltd was asked to repair a vehicle at a site in Uxbridge Road, Southall, west London, on January 29th 2008.

He had to move a Ford 350 Tipper in order to get to the faulty vehicle but did not see Matthew Stevens, 35, from Brentford, was behind him.

Mr Stevens was crushed when the vehicle struck him and suffered bruising and swelling to both his lower legs.

Following the hearing, Health and Safety Executive inspector Jack Wilby said: "While the injuries in this case were minor, the poor conditions of the yard and the failure to adequately manage the risks could have easily resulted in a more serious injury."

Back in April, multinational steelmaker Corus was fined GBP 240,000 over a more serious incident that saw a lorry driver crushed to death at its site in Staffordshire.

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Vehicle hire company fined GBP 5k over accident at work

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