A contract worker was killed when his forklift truck overturned in a Merseyside factory, a court has heard.
Ian Aliski, from Ellesmere Port, had been working for only a few hours at Recresco’s glass recycling facility when the work accident occurred.
The 29-year-old, from Manisty Wharf, North Road, Ellesmere Port, had not been wearing a seatbelt, Liverpool Crown Court was told.
Work accident investigation
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation after the accident on April 26, 2010.
Inspectors from the agency, which has the task of looking into accidents at work, found that the workplace was not safe and began a prosecution.
The court was told that forklift drivers often had to drive in a part of the facility which was full of waste materials, stopping them from manoeuvring their vehicles in a safe manner.
As Mr Aliski attempted to transfer waste from the production area to a storage shed, his forklift toppled over on the uneven ground and he suffered fatal injuries.
HSE investigators discovered that the company’s forklifts were not designed for use in such circumstances. Instead, alternative machines, such as four-wheel-drive, all-terrain shovel loaders, should have been deployed and were in fact operating in other areas of the facility.
No seatbelt policy in place
The inspectors also found that Recresco did not have a policy in place governing the wearing of seatbelts.
In the four years since the accident, the company has updated its policies on vehicles and seatbelts to meet health and safety legislation.
A judge at Liverpool Crown Court fined Recresco of Lane End, Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham, a total of £180,000 plus £38,693 in prosecution costs after the firm admitted a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
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Date Published: December 20, 2014
Author: David Brown