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half a million fine after forklift accident

company finedEncirc Ltd, a producer of glass bottles for the drinks industry, has been fined after an employee was struck by a fork lift truck in Chester.

Liverpool Magistrates Court heard that the firm had failed to take effective measures to ensure its workers were correctly segregated from fork lift trucks.

The HSE launched an investigation after an employee collided with a fork lift truck, which resulted in him breaking his arm. The inquiry, following the incident on 14 December 2015, also found that the clarity of segregation was well below the standards expected. The company had a poor system of work which was not enforced for the workers who were most exposed to the risk.

The court was told that the company had been served with an Improvement Notice (IN) in 2007 for poor segregation in the yard and warehouse areas. There had also been another incident involving an FLT in 2008 when an employee was injured.

Encirc Ltd of Enniskillen, Fermanagh pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 17 of The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations and was fined £500,000 with £7,290 costs.

HSE inspector Jane Carrol said: “Poor segregation leads to accidents. There was a failure to properly plan work and this accident highlights the risks that are involved. Incidents relating to workplace transport can be avoided if effective measures are taken.”

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