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Tesco drivers breach safety rules, according to internet gossip
8.12.07 by Buffalo Bill

Someone posted the report about the cyclist killed in Brixton on Thursday night to the Very Little Helps forum, which is full of criticism of Tesco. This is presumably because the collision involved a Tesco lorry/HGV/LGV/artic. I was able to track this through my logs of referring sites. Scanning the forum quickly, I see some very worrying reports of drivers breaching Tesco’s own risk assessments’ recomendations.

As some or all of these reports are anonymous, they are not proof of anything. However, one mentions a Tesco driver who was suspended for refusing to carry out a task which would have breached risk assesment rules, and another talks two deaths resulting from collisions with lorries delivering to Tescos. I find a worrying pattern emerging. If it is the case that Tesco encourages a culture of rule-breaking, then fatal collisions involving their lorries are bound to occur. Given that there are so many Tesco lorries on the road (Tesco’s organisation follows the ‘just-in-time’ model, which requires quick delivery of stock from warehouses to retail space), this is cause for great concern.

I don’t really want to get into a general discussion of whether or not Tesco is a good thing (if you know me, you will know exactly where I stand on that), but a quick google of tesco lorry safety reveals this story of appalling attitudes towards deliveries at a Tesco Express in Cardiff.

  1. Tesco sucks, Sainsbury’s sucks, Asda sucks, Iceland sucks, Lidl sucks, Morrisons sucks, Marks and Spencers sucks ass. It all sucks ass like Dyson. Buy one tomato, get one free. Kiss my fu*kin ass. Kiss my tomato red ass c*nts. Take me and my brothers and sisters for fools at your fec*in peril :-0

    — messyanger    10 December 2007, 03:30    #
  2. Starting in April 2008, the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007
    is meant to hold employers more responsible for their employees’ negligent actions. Which I would also think includes punishment for forcing your employees to do things which violate reasonable safety precautions.

    — Kerry    11 December 2007, 16:07    #
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    — leeww    17 December 2007, 12:40    #
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