Man killed by reversing bus at Aviva depot

Two companies have been fined as a result of the tragic incident

Man killed by reversing bus at Aviva depot
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Two companies have been fined after a man working as a cleaner was killed at a bus depot in Hemel Hempstead.

Albin Trstena, 25, was working for Cordant Cleaning Limited when the tragic incident took place at the Aviva bus depot in November 2019. He was struck by the bus as it was being reversed out of the washing area.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Arriva had failed to assess the risk of vehicle-pedestrian conflict, and both it and Cordant Cleaning Limited, now known as C.L.C Realisations Limited, failed to implement a suitable system of work to control this risk.

The HSE also says there were inadequate measures in place to protect pedestrians from buses being moved around the depot and to ensure that walkways within the perimeter of the yard were being utilised.

HSE inspector Roxanne Barker said: “This tragic incident led to the avoidable death of a much loved young man. There was a failure to undertake safety measures to segregate vehicles and pedestrians.

“They also failed to properly consider who was responsible for determining and implementing suitable measures to ensure safe working practices when contracting out some of the activities performed within a shared workplace.”

C.L.C. Realisations was fined £1,000, while Aviva Kent Thameside was fined £32,000 and ordered to pay costs of £22,392.

Source: HSE

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