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£2m fine for UK company

£2m fine for UK company
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British building supplies retailer Travis Perkins has been fined £2m under the UK’s HSW Act after a customer was run over and fatally injured by a company flatbed vehicle manoeuvring near his car.

IOSH magazine reports the November 2012 incident occurred at the company’s Milton Keynes store when a customer was trying to load timber onto the roof of his vehicle. A cargo strap snapped and he fell backwards into the path of one of the company’s trucks which was moving slowly into the space between the customer’s car and a larger company truck which was parked in the designated loading bay.

Investigation by the local council showed the company often parked its truck in the designated loading area.

Using the UK’s new sentencing guidelines the court found the company’s culpability was medium, the likelihood of harm was high, and the company size was ‘large’ (despite the company’s £2bn annual turnover which could have put it in the ‘very large’ category).

The court found the fine could be set near the top of the ‘large’ range, between £800,000 and £3.25m, but applied a discount for an early guilty plea.

Changes have been made since the incident, including requiring all delivery drivers to report to the branch before they enter the yard, moveable barriers for cordoning off areas, and training all staff as ‘banksmen’ (loading/unloading supervisors).



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