A major recent case in Plymouth shows the need for firms to invest in health and safety training to ensure the safety of the public and their own employees.
According to a case heard at Plymouth Crown Court, four years ago, a driver, David Windsor, fell into the path of a dumper truck on a construction site run by JB Leadbitter. It resulted in severe injuries, including multiple fractures and brain damage.
The court heard how the company failed to separate pedestrians from vehicles, according to the Health and Safety Executive, which brought the case to court. After an eight day trial, the jury found the Plymouth company guilty. It was fined over £100,000 and has to pay costs totalling £120,000.
Ensuring health and safety regulations were followed could have avoided the accident.