Delivery driver crushed to death
Posted Mon, 06 Feb 2012
A 27-year-old delivery driver was crushed to death after being trapped against his lorry by a one-tonne pallet of sheet steel, a court has heard.
Winchester Crown Court was told inadequate safety controls contributed to the industrial accident which killed Adam Millichip, from Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire.
Mr Millichip was working for a Worcester-based haulage company and was delivering pallets of sheet steel to Wessex Lift Co Limited in Budds Lane, Romsey, Hampshire, on 16 November 2007.
He had parked the lorry at the side of the road, ready for the pallets to be offloaded by a forklift truck, when the accident happened, revealed a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation.
The forklift driver, employed by Wessex Lift Co Ltd, was using the forklift to manoeuvre one of the pallets when it struck Mr Millichip across the chest and trapped him against the side of the lorry. He suffered major internal organ failure as a result of crush injuries across his chest and died soon after.
Wessex Lift Co Ltd admitted breaching health and safety regulations and was fined £65,000 with £60,000 costs.
Copyright Press Association 2012