A visiting Italian teacher sustained multiple and crush injuries when a delivery van reversed over her, only stopping when members of the public alerted the van driver to the incident.
The 48 year old Italian teacher was visiting with students to St Andrew's College in Cambridge. She was stood at the front of the college when the van didn't notice her and proceeded to reverse backwards, striking her. Whilst she fortunately managed to escape with only fractures and crush injuries, her head was only inches away from one of the tires.
During HSE's subsequent investigation, it was noted that St Andrew's College failed to make sure that vehicles and pedestrian areas were properly segregated. The company had actually identified the risks and measures for this but had actually failed to make sure these had been implemented.
St Andrew’s Tutorial Services Ltd of Station Road, Cambridge pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety and welfare Regulations. The company was fined £30,000 with costs of £9,197.78.
Speaking after the trial, HSE investigation inspector Sandra Dias noted that, whilst this was a completely avoidable incident, the failure of St Andrew's 'to implement safe systems of work caused a visiting driver to carry out his own flawed assessment and an unsafe manoeuvre' and this could've been avoided by 'implementing a one-way system to reduce reversing in areas there were likely to be pedestrians and designated areas for delivery vehicles'.