An accident in which a delivery driver was hit by a forklift truck has led to a packaging company being fined £10,000 for safety failings.
The incident occurred in October 2013 at Platt Packaging when Graham Williams arrived at the Rassau Industrial Estate, Ebbw Vale, to have pallets loaded on to his vehicle for distribution.
Newport Magistrates’ Court was told that Mr Williams was on the telephone to his employer with his back to his lorry when he was hit by a reversing forklift truck.
The 61-year-old was knocked to the ground and suffered a double fracture to his left ankle and damage to his leg in the accident which took place as his lorry was being loaded.
He required a month’s treatment at Neville Hall hospital, Abergavenny, and has since been unable to return to work.
No formal safe system
A probe by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the packaging firm had no formal safe system for when deliveries took place at the site.
The investigation also found that delivery drivers were not instructed to wait in a safe area during forklift truck operations.
Alongside the fine, Platt Packaging Limited was ordered to pay £4,663 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety regulations.
HSE Inspector, Lee Schilling said “basic safety” measures could have been taken by the firm to prevent the incident and injuries to Mr Williams.
He said that the company should have provided a clearly marked, designated safe zone for delivery drivers, as well as demonstrating better communication between delivery drivers and the forklift operators.
After the hearing, he pointed out the dangers linked to workplace transport are “well-documented in the industry”, with accidents involving moving vehicles and pedestrians often leading to major injury in the workplace.
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