A recycling company has been fined after one of its employees was seriously injured in a forklift accident.
Robin Eddom, the worker in question, was hit by the truck as it reversed at ECO Plastics Ltd’s processing plant in Hemswell on 10 March 2012.
The 63-year-old engineer from Scunthorpe suffered severe back and tissue injuries in the incident.
Multiple safety failings
Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Eddom was walking through the ‘Goods Out’ warehouse when he was hit by the reversing vehicle.
He was taken to hospital by air ambulance with internal bleeding, two damaged vertebrae in his lower spine and extensive tissue damage to his back, shoulders, neck, thighs and knees.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into what happened found that ECO Plastics had designated a separate walkway for pedestrians to use within the waste processing building.
The company had allowed the walkway in the ‘Goods Out’ warehouse to be taped off and blocked with building materials and equipment whilst construction work was being carried out. This meant employees had to share a route used by loaded forklift vehicles which were regularly manoeuvring and reversing.
HSE concluded that no steps were taken to provide or redirect their employees to an alternative, safe pedestrian route, inside or outside the warehouse.
Claiming for an accident at work
Accident Advice Helpline is here to help if you’ve been injured in an accident at work.
Unfortunately accidents in the workplace are common, whether that place is a factory floor, a car or an office, but you may be entitled to compensation if you have evidence that the accident wasn’t any fault of your own.
In this case, ECO Plastics Ltd of Hemswell Business Park, Hemswell, Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £12,500 and ordered to pay costs of £5,261.
Source: Lincolnshire Live
Date Published: June 4, 2014
Author: David Brown