A 42-year-old man had to have pins and metal bars inserted in his right leg after it was broken in three places in a forklift truck accident at work, a court heard.
Michael Booth’s employer, food packaging firm Primopost Ltd, of Buxton, Derbyshire, was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,979 after admitting it breached the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations.
High Peak Magistrates’ Court was told that Mr Booth was hit by a forklift truck after handing some cleaning materials to a colleague working on a machine at the firm’s factory at Staden Park, Buxton, in November 2012.
As a result of his injuries Mr Booth, who lives in Buxton, was hospitalised for six days.
No safe system
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), prosecuting, told magistrates that its investigation had established that Primopost Ltd didn’t have safe system of work in place at the factory.
It said the firm should have used a different way to move goods around the plant or introduced a walkway to keep vehicles and workers on foot away from each other.
The court heard that the company had started using slower pallet trucks – operated by an employee walking behind them – after the forklift accident.
Following the court case HSE inspector Stuart Parry said the injuries sustained by Mr Booth have had a significant impact on his life and were due to his place of work not being safe.
The inspector said, with forklifts playing a part in around one in four of the injuries involving a workplace vehicle, it is crucial that firms keep them away from employees on foot.
He said measures as simple as a white line painted on the factory floor could be effective.
Mr Parry added that had a pallet truck been in use at the time of the incident Mr Booth’s serious injuries could have been avoided.
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Source: Packaging News
Date Published: August 15, 2014
Author: David Brown