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A company has been hit with a £5,000 fine after an investigation into an accident at work in which one of its employees was crushed by a reversing vehicle.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed it looked into the case of a 23-year-old man at Rugeley Environmental Waste Services in Staffordshire.
He suffered soft tissue injuries to his groin after being hit by the vehicle, which was being used in a confined space. The firm had taken no steps to keep vehicles and pedestrians apart.
The HSE also discovered that Rugeley Environmental Waste Services had not completed a risk assessment of its workplace transport operations prior to the incident taking place.
Speaking after the punishment was handed out, HSE inspector Wayne Owen said: "Workplace transport is the second biggest cause of death in the workplace. It is vital that risk assessments are carried out where vehicles are involved and suitable control measures put in place."
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