A LIVERPOOL trucker could have died when his trailer struck a power line, a court heard.
The 26-year-old man was delivering fertiliser to Lydiate Hall Farm on Southport Road, Maghull, in March 2011 when his vehicle hit the 11,000 volt cable.
Transport firm BP McKeefry was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs after it was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Sefton Magistrates Court heard the man, who did not want to be named, had moved his truck forward with its trailer raised and hit the power line, which was about seven metres from the ground.
He jumped from the truck when he heard popping sounds and saw the tyres were on fire.
But he went back in to move it when he realised it was touching the overhead line.
HSE Inspector Imran Siddiqui said: “The worker was lucky not to be killed when his vehicle struck an overhead power cable, especially when he later jumped back into the vehicle while it was still in contact with the line.
“BP McKeefry specialises in transporting liquid and powder products, such as fertiliser and so is used to delivering to farms where there may be overhead power lines.
“Despite this the company failed to provide its employees with a suitable procedure for working near overhead cables or guidance on what to do if they struck one.”
The firm did not want to comment.