A freight haulage company based in Kent has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee was crushed in a horrific work accident.
Fifty four year old Leslaw Chorazak was guiding a fellow truck driver into a badly lit yard but as the driver reversed the 45ft heavy goods vehicle he lost sight of Mr. Chorazak, who ended up being crushed between the lorry and an office wall.
Mr Chorazak was hospitalised for several days following the accident and suffered major crush damage to his right arm, upper body and his collar bone.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that not only was the yard badly lit but there was no segregation of vehicles and pedestrians, inadequate supervision and none of the staff had received any health and safety training.
His employer KBC Logistics Ltd, of Dartford Road, Dartford, in Kent, was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £3,009.80 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Basildon Magistrates’ Court.
Mr Chorazak who was residing in Wimbledon at the time of his accident has now returned to his home country of Poland.