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Logistics company fined £20,000 after fork lift truck accident

A logistics company was fined £20,000 after a worker was hit by a fork-lift truck.  The accident happened in a busy yard whereby a forklift truck reversed into him and he sustained serious head injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation showed that there was no clear segregation of the heavy vehicles and employees working in the yard which was shown in CCTV footage from the site.  People and vehicles got dangerously close to each other on a daily basis and it was only a matter of time before someone got hurt.

The 53 year old employee who was hit by the reversing fork lift continues to suffer the effects of his head injury.

 An HSE inspector said: “Workplace transport incidents are the third highest cause of workplace fatalities, and accidents can be prevented if companies implement simple control measures.

“The need to walk through this area was clearly foreseeable and the risk from vehicle traffic was high. When I saw the CCTV footage, it was clear this was an accident waiting to happen.”

They pleaded guilty to breaching the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 – specifically Regulations 17(1)and ordered to pay HSE costs of £942.40.

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