National bus company, Arriva, have been fined after a “much loved young man” was killed at a depot in Hemel Hempstead.
Albin Trstena, from Tottenham, was working for Cordant Cleaning Limited, when he was hit by a reversing bus being driven by a colleague on, November 5, 2019.
The 25-year-old, who had been working in the yard of Arriva’s Hemel Hempstead bus depot, sustained fatal injuries when the vehicle was reversed out of the wash down area.
Albin’s sister Albine read a statement at St Albans Magistrates’ Court.
She said: “When we received the news Albin had died, we were left devastated and our whole world came crashing down around us.
“His presence at home was so alive.
“Albin would always do lots for the family, but not just for the family, he gave of himself and would always help other people where he could.
“He was a brother and son to be proud of.”
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Arriva failed to properly assess the risk of vehicle-pedestrian conflict.
The HSE state that there were insufficient measures in place to protect pedestrians from vehicles being moved around the depot and to ensure that walkways within the perimeter of the yard were being utilised.
Arriva pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have been fined £32,000 and ordered to pay costs of £22,392.
C.L.C Realisations Limited (in administration) offered no plea and was fined a nominal £1,000.
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.”
A spokesperson for Arriva said: “We take our responsibility for workplace safety very seriously. We deeply regret and are sorry for the tragic incident involving two employees of a former Arriva contractor, Cordant Cleaning Limited, at our Hemel Hempstead depot on the evening of November 5, 2019, which resulted in the death of Mr Albin Trstena, a Cordant employee. Our thoughts and condolences continue to be with Albin Trstena’s family and all those affected.
“We have fully supported the Health & Safety Executive with their inquiry and thoroughly examined the circumstances leading up to this incident. We have since put in place extensive improvement measures to ensure that our contractor and workplace transport risk management processes and controls are robust across all our sites. This includes investing over £5million across all our depots to improve walkways and pedestrian vehicle segregation and implementing a revised control of contractor process which has further strengthened our monitoring and check-ins with contractors. We have shared the findings of the report and recommendations for improvements with all our businesses across the UK and Europe and we will continue to take all the necessary steps to protect the safety of our teams, as well as our customers and the communities we serve.”