Employee suffers fatal injury on the first day of his new job at recovery company

Employee losses his life on first day of job following failings which could have been avoided.

Only hours after starting his new job at the vehicle and recovery company new starter John suffered fatal crush injuries during maintenance work resulting in the business being sentenced. In November 2014 Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard that Albert Road Recovery and Repair Limited employee John Glenn was fatally injured when a rigid vehicle fell suddenly from an inadequate axle support prop.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a cable reel drum jack was used to support the vehicle, which was not an appropriate piece of equipment for the task being undertaken.

Now dissolved, Albert Road Recovery and Repair Limited of Brentwood, was found guilty of breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £20,000, the highest amount available to this court.

Speaking after the hearing, the HSE stated that “This incident led to the tragic death of John Glenn and occurred within hours of him starting his new job. It was completely avoidable”

“Not only did the company fail to adequately induct the new starter into their business, it failed to adequately instruct and supervise him on his first day and provided him with completely unsuitable tools and equipment.”

What does this mean for your business?

Failure to complete adequate training and induction for new starters in your business can have a massive impact on your organisation – as demonstrated here in the case above. At Adviser Plus HR Advice we can support you and your managers to ensure you have the correct tools and guidance for implementing new starters into your business and supporting the induction process – want to hear more? Contact us today on 0844 327 2293


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