Twenty RIDDOR pallet truck injuries at Aldi before £1m fine, council reveals
Discount supermarket chain Aldi, which was fined £1m earlier this month after a delivery driver’s foot was crushed by a powered pallet truck, submitted 20 RIDDOR reports to the HSE following similar incidents in the years before the conviction, the prosecuting solicitor has said.
Natalie Osei, a litigation solicitor from Amber Valley Borough Council, told Health and Safety at Work that Aldi did not revise its on-the-job training regime until environmental health officers served it with an improvement notice five months after the incident.
But before Aldi fully implemented its new training programme, a different worker was involved in a similar accident, Osei revealed.
Derby Crown Court heard that newly-hired Aldi delivery drivers, who are employed through an agency until they pass their six months’ probation, would simply shadow other workers to pick up all the elements of their job, such as how to deliver new stock to the retail stores, and how to use equipment.
Osei said that the injured worker shadowed a more experienced member of staff as they made deliveries for ten shifts.
The council said that the discount retailer should have implemented a formal and standardised training programme to make sure that drivers