How much could you claim?

Find out in 30 seconds...
Injured in the last 3 years?
Was the accident your fault?
Did you recieve medical attention?
Please tell us where you were injured
  • Please enter your full name
  • Please enter a valid name
  • Please enter your telephone number
  • Please enter a valid telephone number
  • Please read our Terms & Conditions

    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Buxton packaging firm fined after forklift truck crash

    By David Brown on August 14, 2014

    Buxton food packaging firm has been fined after an employee suffered severe injuries to his leg when he was involved in a forklift truck crash. They were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after an investigation found that they did not have a safe system of work in place at its factory.

    Michael Booth broke his right leg in three places and was hospitalized for six days where he had metal bars and pins inserted. The incident took place on 20 November 2012 and the High Peak Magistrates’ Court in Buxton heard that he had just given some cleaning materials to a colleague who was working on a machine. He then stepped backwards to turn around when he was hit by a forklift truck which was carrying a large reel of printed film.

    Health and Safety breaches

    The factory in Staden Park should have had a separate walkway in order to keep pedestrians away from any vehicles, or the company should have found another way of moving goods around the factory without using forklift trucks.

    The firm pleaded guilty to breaching the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) regulations 1992 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and were fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £2,979 in prosecution costs.

    The firm made immediate changes to the factory and following the incident began to use pallet trucks instead of forklift trucks which are much safer as they are operated by someone walking behind them and they run at a much lower speed.

    The Health and Safety Executive Inspector Stuart Parry said “Michael suffered injuries which have had a significant impact on his life because the factory where he was working wasn’t safe”.

    He went on to say that “Forklift trucks are responsible for around a quarter of all injuries involving workplace transport and so it’s vital companies have systems in place to keep them away from pedestrians. This can be as simple as painting a white line on the floor”.

    Source: HSE

    Share On


    Date Published: August 14, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Category: News

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.