Suffolk firm prosecuted over injury to trapped worker

Suffolk firm prosecuted over injury to trapped worker

A Suffolk truck dealership has been fined after an incident in which a technician was trapped when the cab of a lorry fell on him, causing him to be off work for six weeks.

The metal prop which should have been in place to prevent the cab from falling.

Trevor Muffett, 60, from Akenham, near Ipswich, was carrying out a routine vehicle check when an inbuilt strut holding up the cab gave way. He suffered two broken ribs and was trapped underneath the lorry for ten minutes.

Orwell Trucks, trading as Orwell Truck and Van, of Betts Avenue in Martlesham, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today to breaching section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The company was fined £4,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,726.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Ivan Brooke said:

The metal prop in it’s correct position

“Orwell Trucks did identify the risks facing their employees and how to prevent things going wrong. But it did not make sure that they had the necessary information or that they were properly trained. Nor were the measures needed to avoid injury monitored or enforced by supervisors.

“Trevor Muffett’s injury could have been foreseen and prevented. And it all could have been much worse: there are cases of people having been killed by falling vehicle cabs. HSE will not hesitate to take companies, big or small, to court when they fail to behave responsibly and so expose their workers to risk.”

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