Forklift truck incident results in fine for company
A 46-year-old worker was seriously injured following an incident while attempting to lift a structure with a forklift truck.
The worker was employed by Knowsley Engineering Services Ltd of Skelmersdale, Lancashire and was attempting the manoeuvre, along with a colleague. The incident took place in June 2014.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that the employee was using the forklift truck to manoeuvre a structure from supporting trestles. However, it twisted around and struck the worker as it entered the cab of the forklift truck. The worker was struck on the arm, sustaining a fracture and flesh wounds.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) conducted a full investigation and prosecuted the company when it discovered that the lifting operation had not been planned sufficiently, there was a lack of supervision and the procedure had not been carried out in a safe manner. The company had failed to carry out a risk assessment and no training had been provided for employees.
The company was fined £30,000 and had to pay costs of £7,670. Following the hearing, Imran Siddiqui, inspector for HSE, said that the provision of basic training to enable the worker and his colleague to risk assess the situation, while managing the risks, would have prevented the incident from occurring and the employee from being seriously injured.
Companies have a duty of care to all employees and members of the public, requiring them to be compliant with the latest health and safety regulations, and providing all necessary equipment including PPE.