An engineering company in Knowsley has been fined £30,000 after a forklift truck driver was hit by a falling metal structure.
An employee was badly injured when he was struck by the metal structure during a lifting process while carrying out work on behalf of Knowsley Engineering Services.
Operation was not carried out safely
In the incident on June 30, 2014, a 46-year-old employee from Skelmersdale was injured after trying to operate a forklift truck without adequate training and with no risk assessment in place.
An investigation was launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who uncovered that the worker had suffered serious flesh wounds and a fractured arm.
The HSE found the company had not planned or supervised the lifting operation which resulted in the injuries being sustained.
Consequently, Knowsley Engineering Services Ltd has been prosecuted at Liverpool Crown Court and has pleaded guilty to breaches of healthy and safety regulations.
The worker and a colleague were trying to move a structure from the building using a forklift truck when it twisted and swung free, striking the driver as he sat inside the cab of the vehicle.
Knowsley Engineering Services Ltd of Peel Road Industrial Estate, Skelmersdale, pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,670.
Accident ‘could have been avoided’
The HSE says the incident could have been avoided if staff had been given the right training and if a risk assessment had been carried out.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Imran Siddiqui said: “Had the company taken basic steps such as providing suitable training so those undertaking the lift were in a more informed position to assess and then adequately manage the risks, this incident would have been avoided.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: September 21, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown