Driver falls from trailer - Company fined
W D Cormack & Sons, a partnership operating a haulage business, has been fined after a driver fell from a trailer to the ground.
Perth Sheriff Court heard that on 9 February 2016, the employee was securing a load of grain bags on a curtain-sider trailer, at Thormean Granary, Milnathort, when he fell 2.88 metres from the trailer to the ground. He sustained severe injuries as a result of the fall.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Norman Schouten said: “This incident could have been avoided by implementing effective measures to control work at height on trailers. Load securing systems, which allow drivers to secure loads from the ground, can be easily fitted to curtain-siders.
“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standard.”