Firm sentenced after worker hit by lorry
The health and safety executive have reported that a Carlisle man has suffered serious injuries when he was run over by the cab of an articulated lorry in a haulage yard where he worked at Stainton near Penrith.
The case highlights the risk to pedestrians where employers do not take measures to keep pedestrians and vehicles apart in the workplace.
In this case the injured person was walking from the site office building to the car park while HGV vehicles belonging to the company were operating in the yard.
He would normally have walked along the side of the yard to reach the car park but was unable to do so because there was a shallow trench across this route and also a HGV trailer was parked on it.
The trench had been dug to make a repair to a diesel pipe and had been marked with cones with tape strung between them. It blocked the normal pedestrian route and no alternative route was provided by the company.
The lorry knocked the injured person down and he sustained serious injuries.
The company had failed to demark or segregate the pedestrian vehicle area by erecting a rail pedestrian route and marked pedestrian crossing.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 33 (1) of the health and safety at work legislation. The company has reported to have been fined £20,000 with costs of £1878.50.
Matthew Winder is a senior litigator member of the association of person injury lawyers based at our Kendal, Lancaster and Barrow offices. The firm undertakes legal work for clients based in North Lancashire and Cumbria including Carlisle, Workington and Whitehaven.