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Exeter waste firm fined over tip vehicle accident
A waste management firm has been fined over a vehicle accident that took place at a tip in Exeter.
One of its employees suffered a serious personal injury when a telehandler operator reversed into him, Exeter Magistrates Court was told.
The workplace accident crushed the long bones in his leg and ripped his calf muscle, almost severing a toe.
Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the telehandler vehicle, which resembles a large forklift truck with a crane arm, had not been fitted with a reversing camera or other device to provide all-round visibility for the driver – despite this being a legal safety requirement.
Consequently the driver was unable to see his victim exit a parked lorry as he reversed towards him.
At the hearing, the company pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.
The HSE's vehicle accident investigation resulted in a £4,500 fine and court costs of £818.