- An experienced contract HGV driver was delivering concrete sand to a concrete plant. He positioned the trailer at the aggregate hopper and started to tip, when the tipper body was at the 3rd ram the driver heard a loud bang and the tipper body dropped to the passenger side from the chassis at the tipping bar and the trailer body overturned.
- Fortunately, the tractor unit and chassis remained upright, and no injuries were sustained by the driver or any third parties
- The cause of the incident was the failure of the weld securing the tipping body hanger to the tipping bar. The hanger that detached was secured by tack welds that were insufficient and failed when the body was being raised. The trailer was on hire to the contract haulier.
The incident highlights the importance of maintaining safe exclusion zones when tipping.