and safety officials said Stagecoach did not have a sufficient risk assessment
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said Stagecoach Devon Limited was fined and also ordered to pay £18,000 costs over the incident in Torquay in 2019.
A man was crushed between a reversing bus and a stationary vehicle. The HSE said it found Stagecoach "failed to put a suitable and sufficient risk assessment in place". Stagecoach said it was "deeply sorry".
The HSE said its investigation found buses often had to reverse to leave the depot due to space limitations.
It said a sole banksman would direct vehicles, but drivers
also reversed without a banksman or assisted each other despite not being
injured man suffered compound multiple fractures of his arm requiring six
titanium plates and 65 metal staples between his wrist and elbow after the
crush on 3 October 2019, the HSE said.
HSE said Stagecoach "should have
identified the risks inherent in the bus parking layout" and action
could have been taken to "remove
the need to reverse or mitigate the risks from reversing".
Magistrates' Court confirmed the company pleaded guilty at a hearing on Tuesday
to breaching "2 and 33(1)(a) of, and Schedule 3A to, the Health and Safety
at Work e,tc Act 1974".
well as the fine and costs, Stagecoach was also ordered to pay a victim
surcharge of £181, the court said.
said it was "deeply sorry"
and safety was "our absolute
priority, and our thoughts continue to be with our former employee".
added it took "the earliest opportunity to formally accept the
charge". It said: "Since the accident, we have assisted the Health
and Safety Executive in its investigation in any way that we can, and we have
fully implemented improvements.
will continue to take steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our
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