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A Transport firm has been fined £500,000 after an employee was crushed between two lorries.
The Hull woman, who was incredibly lucky she wasn’t killed, suffered a catalogue of horrific injuries including 13 broken bones in her back, shoulders and ribs as well as a punctured lung.
In addition, she suffered serious head injuries, a heart attack and impaired vision. Her injuries were so severe her family were initially told she wouldn’t survive the night.
When the mother-of-one was discharged from hospital following two weeks in intensive care, she was required to wear a body brace for four months and was then confined to a wheelchair for several weeks.
Despite the accident occurring almost two years ago in April 2013, the woman still undergoes weekly physiotherapy.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Work Accident Investigation revealed the woman had been acting as a banksman helping a driver reverse park his lorry on a slope on the day of the accident.
When the driver decoupled his trailer he failed to engage his parking brake. As a result, his lorry rolled back and trapped the woman between two vehicles.
The HSE investigation found that the Cheshire-based transport firm regularly allowed their vehicles to park on the slope without adequate safety provisions such as monitoring systems to check whether drivers were using their handbrakes properly.
After the company pleaded guilty to two breaches of Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, it was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay nearly £57,000 in costs.
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