Southwark Crown Court heard he was known to have a history of standing in the path of moving vehicles, an issue known to both duty holders which they failed to address adequately.By finding him other work, perchance?
The court also heard both the council and Veolia failed to take into account the specific capabilities of this vulnerable worker and to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure his safety working within a high-risk environment.One has to ask why they took him on in the first place. Was it because his value as a tick in the 'diversity' box outweighed his other capabilities?
Speaking after the hearing, Health and Safety inspector Megan Carr said: “This serious workplace transport incident could have been avoided if both duty holders had taken the appropriate safety precautions when planning this activity.
“Failing to identify the risks led to this man suffering serious life changing injuries.”Perhaps it's not just the council & Veolia you should be looking at here, Megan?