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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently issued a Crown Censure to the Ministry of Defence, following an incident that resulted in the death of an agency worker.

An agency driver, who was carrying out work for the MoD, was crushed by a reversing vehicle on November 19, 2013.


Graham Wood, a 55-year-old from Oxfordshire, was working at MoD Kineton, Warwickshire, when a reversing lorry crushed him against a stationery vehicle. Wood had been making a delivery to the holding area, along with a colleague, when the incident occurred.

An investigation conducted by the HSE found that the MoD had failed to produce a risk assessment for large vehicle movement in the area. A safe system of work had not been put in place to assess and control risks created by the movement of large vehicles.

Following the tragic incident, the MoD has put a safe system of work in place, which includes walkways that are clearly identified for pedestrians, marked parking bays and a one-way system. The deputy director of field operations for the HSE, Jane Lassey, stated that the risks from moving vehicles are well known and measures need to be put in place to reduce the associated risks. As a Government body cannot face the same kind of prosecution as a private firm, a Crown Censure is issued so that the failure to comply with the health and safety standards will be an official record.

All employers must comply with the legislation, making sure that PPE, specialist workwear, training, risk assessments and other procedures which are in place.

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