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Salford company fined after 'crushing' customer

A company has been fined £12,000 after a customer narrowly escaped being killed by a reversing lorry in Salford.

Manchester Magistrates Court heard the man was pinned against a wall at the Eccles warehouse in September of last year while waiting to collect an item.

Luckily, the man escaped with only severe bruising.

SIG Trading Limited, of James Nasmyth Way, Salford admitted two offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

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The firm was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £9,262 court costs for failing to ensure the health and safety of customers and staff.

Salford City Council launched a full investigation and found the company failed to protect customers and staff from vehicles on the site. Staff were not fully trained or supervised.

An improvement notice was quickly served which meant the customer collection process had to be revised and reviewed.

Councillor Gena Merret, Assistant Mayor for Housing and Environment at Salford City Council, said: “The customer is extremely lucky to be alive as this could have been a fatal accident.

“I’m pleased to hear that safety steps have been taken and we will continue to make sure people are as safe as possible in Salford.”