Council Prosecuted Following Vehicle Reversing Incident

A council has been fined following a reversing incident when one of its bin lorries hit an employee causing serious leg injuries. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which brought the prosecution, said the bin lorry had not reversed in accordance with the council’s safe working procedure

HSE’s investigation found that this was not an isolated case of a vehicle reversing without assistance. CCTV footage of vehicles reversing in the depot showed workers routinely reversing vehicles without assistance, indicating they were not worried about potential disciplinary action for not doing so.

Senior management admitted there was no policy or programme of monitoring, or supervision of how employees were reversing.

Time to review your health and safety policies for your fleet? How do you effectively manage the policies you already have in place?

Link to Health and Safety guidance on reversing