A removals and storage company has admitted safety failings after a worker was seriously injured when a forklift truck reversed into him.
Pickfords Move Management Ltd of Laxcon Close in Drury Way Industrial Estate, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
It was fined a total of £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,415 following the incident on 9 April 2013.
The 58-year-old man, who does not wish to be named, suffered three broken toes when the front of his left foot was forced into the steel toecap of his boot during the impact at Pickfords’ Appletree Farm site on Polecat Road in Cressing.
He also sustained bruising and a dislocation of the upper foot. His injuries meant he was unable to return to work for 11 months. He has since had to wear a special support in his shoe to help him walk correctly.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to implement sufficient procedures to keep pedestrians away from operating forklift trucks, while the truck in question also had a broken reversing alarm when the incident happened.
Accident Advice Helpline is always on hand to offer advice about making injury claims, whether it’s a foot injury or any other type.
“The risks to pedestrians when they’re near to operating forklift trucks are very serious, but also well documented. There is no excuse, therefore, for companies to neglect safety,” said HSE Inspector Keith Waller.
“Pedestrians, whether they are employees or not, must always be kept separate from operating forklift trucks through a safe system of work that is clear and well adhered to.”
Source: Fleet Point