Recycling company fined £650,000 after reversing vehicle fatality

Savanna Rags International Limited of Forest Road Mansfield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and was fined £650,000, after a worker was fatally injured by a reversing vehicle.


On 26th April 2016, an accident took place at Savanna Rags International Limited which is a clothing and textile recycling company. A female worker was killed as she was struck by a reversing delivery vehicle as she walked towards the smoking shelter.


An investigation by the HSE found that the company had no measures in place to adequately separate moving vehicles and pedestrians. There were also no measures in place for moving vehicles to manoeuvre safely at the site.


Within this industry, accidents involving moving vehicles are very common and are one of the biggest causes of fatalities.


The HSE is currently looking at how to ensure safe use of transport on sites with their new inspection initiative.