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Danger of Moving Vehicles

Employee Killed by a Loading Vehicle Provides a Stark Reminder

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned of the dangers of moving vehicles in the workplace following the prosecution of a company in connection with the death of an employee who was killed in an accident involving a wheeled loading vehicle.


The court heard that on 1st September 2004, Joshua Beswick, a 20-year-old labourer, was walking across a yard at Ditton Road, Widnes, on the premises of Grundy and Co Excavations Ltd.


Mr Beswich was an employee of Grundy and Co Excavations Ltd, a company which reclaims building materials for the construction industry.


He was killed instantly when he was struck by a wheeled loader.


Grundy and Co Excavations Ltd was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £9034 in court costs at Warrington Crown Court after pleading guilty to a charge under s.2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974, which covers the duty of the employer to ensure the safety of an employee by the provision of safe working systems.


An HSE Inspector John McGrellis said, "This was a totally avoidable accident, had safe-working systems been in place. Every effort needs to be made to separate vehicles and pedestrians to avoid tragic consequences."


He added, "Where vehicles and pedestrians use the same routes they should be separated, with appropriate crossing points clearly marked and signposted where necessary".