Vion fined 100k for death

Vion, the meat processing giant, has been fined £100,000 after a worker was run over and killed by a forklift truck† at one of its plants in Scotland.

George Hardie, 60, died at its West Lothian plant in Broxburn two years ago after being hit by a badly loaded forklift truck. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the driver had been carrying two large crates that obscured his view.

At Livingston Sheriff Court, Vion Food pleaded guilty to breaking the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The HSE investigation found Vion Food Group subsidiary Vion Food Scotland had not properly assessed the risks of moving the containers around the yard or made arrangements to make sure the containers were moved in a safe way.The investigation also found the company did not have a safe traffic management system or adequate supervision in place to keep pedestrians away from vehicles.

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