A manufacturing company has admitted safety failings after a delivery driver was struck by a forklift truck.
The 44-year-old man was hit on the leg as he stepped from the rear of his lorry after helping the forklift operator to reach a pallet from inside the vehicle.
LP Foreman & Sons Ltd of Farrow Road, Widford Industrial Estate, Chelmsford, was fined a total of £7,000 and ordered to pay costs of £621 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
Accident at work
The worker, who does not wish to be named, suffered a serious fracture of his left ankle, severe damage to tendons and a large fracture blister which covered his lower leg in the incident at the firm’s premises on 19 August 2013.
He returned to work on light duties in November 2013 and was able to resume his role as a driver in January 2014.
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that it had become common practice for van drivers to instruct forklift truck operators where to place loads within their vehicles for ease of delivery.
No effective procedures had been established or training provided to ensure that workers on foot and moving vehicles were kept safely apart.
“This was an entirely preventable injury caused by LP Foreman & Sons’ failure to recognise the hazards arising from loading operations at their premises,” said HSE Inspector Paul Grover after the hearing.
“Our investigation found that there was an absence of effective systems of control which were sufficiently robust to allow workplace transport and pedestrians to circulate the site in safety.”
Source: Works Management
Date Published: April 4, 2014
Author: David Brown