A company has admitted safety failings after a forklift truck overturned at its factory in Tyneside.
Luckily the 51-year-old driver, employed by Radford HMY Group Ltd, was not injured in the incident on 27 June 2012.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) decided to prosecute the firm when it heard about the dangerous occurrence.
Unsuitable working environment
Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard the forklift truck had been driven, during a night shift, on a totally unsuitable outside path.
The path was only 40cm wider than the truck and higher than the adjacent ground in places along its length of some 150 metres.
In addition, HSE inspectors found that the driver was not assessed or authorised to operate the truck and had not been made familiar with the controls. He had initially been taken on as a cleaner with no requirement for him to operate a forklift truck.
The court also heard that magistrates had fined the company £2,000 in October 2013 after it admitted breaching Section 2(1) of Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, relating to an incident in February 2012, when a worker’s hand was badly crushed in a machine on which a safety guard had been deliberately disabled.
Radford HMY Group Ltd, Hobson Industrial Estate, Burnopfield, Newcastle, was fined a total of £5,000 (£2,500 for each offence) and ordered to pay £3,824.45 costs after pleading guilty to two offences of breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
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Source: Insider Media
Date Published: June 12, 2014
Author: David Brown