Company fined following death of worker

A transport company has today been fined £180,000 after a worker suffered fatal crush injuries.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard how on 30 May 2016, Graham Forsyth became trapped between two heavy goods vehicles while working at their site at The Yard, Aberdeen.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to provide a safe system of work and adequate training for their staff.

Colin Lawson Transport Limited pleaded guilty to of breaching Section 2 and Section 33(1) (a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £180,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Connor Gibson said: “This incident could have been prevented if the company had put a safe system of work in place when moving vehicles.”

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise.[1]
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: [2]
  3. HSE news releases are available at

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