Worldwide courier company Tuffnells Parcel Express has been fined GBP 35,000 and may be subject to an injury compensation claim after a worker broke his leg in a work injury at a Bedfordshire distribution centre.
Porter Michael Tierney, 53, was unloading and sorting parcels from heavy goods vehicles at the site and was still in the back of one of the lorries when the driver unexpectedly pulled away from the loading bay.
He fell four feet, fracturing his thigh bone as he landed on the ground – one of several similar incidents at the depot, according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Graham Tompkins.
"Reasonable practical measures the company could have put in place would have included a simple control system to prevent the driver from pulling away from the loading bay, such as a key cabinet with restricted access," he added.
It follows news that Centrewest London Buses has been prosecuted by the HSE after one of its employees died after being crushed at an Uxbridge bus garage.