Turns out that while they may worry over the tiny things, they aren’t so concerned with the big, obvious dangers :
A teenage girl was killed on her way to pick up her GCSE results when a bin lorry, which had no reverse warning alarm, backed over her.Still, never mind, eh?
Esther Bush, 16, died after walking behind the 7.5-ton truck and into the driver's blindspot, an inquest heard yesterday.
At least they’ve sorted it out now:
All such lorries at Rhondda Cynon Taf county borough council have since been fitted with reverse alarms and rear-view cameras the court heard.Bit late for Esther, but still, you can’t make an omelette, and all that…
Driver Huw Jones told the inquest in Aberdare he saw Esther walking past the truck before he started reversing when trying to turn around.Did it occur to them that there might be a problem?
He stopped the lorry when he and his navigator, who were collecting goods for disposal and recycling, heard a muffled scream.
Asked if it would have helped to have someone outside directing him at the time, he said: 'I think it would have.'But you did have someone available – you had a navigator.
If it would have ‘been helpful’, why didn’t he get out to help you reverse?
Recording a verdict of accidental death Huw Medlicott, deputy coroner for Bridgend and the Glamorgan Valleys, said: 'I particularly note at that time there was no training whatsoever in what to do in reversing situations.'Apart from my initial driving lessons, nor have I.
But in situations where I can’t see properly to reverse, if I have a passenger in the car, I ask them to get out and help if safe to do so.
I didn’t need training for that. It’s called common sense. And I don’t even drive anything as huge as a 7 and a half-tonne schoolgirl-crushing machine…