Forklift accidents

Waste firm fined £20,000 after worker injured

danger triangleNov 7th 2011. A waste worker suffered life threatening injuries after being hit by a fork lift truck, a court has heard.

The company, which treats industrial waste, was fined £20,000 following a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a 35-tonne vehicle reversed into the worker at its plant in Trafford Park, Greater Manchester.

In the incident on January 14, 2010, the 60-year-old from Wirral suffered severe injuries including damage to internal organs and multiple broken bones. He was in hospital for several months. The HSE investigation found the company did not have sufficient systems to protect workers from reversing vehicles on-site. The company admitted a breach of the Workplace Regulations. They were also ordered to pay £9,410 in prosecution costs at Trafford Magistrates’ Court.

The HSE’s Daniel Longdon said: “This was an entirely preventable incident.”