A produce company in East Yorkshire has been fined a five-figure sum after two workers received serious injuries when reversing forklifts knocked into them in two incidents.
My Fresh Prepared Produce, a company based at Chicksands in East Yorkshire, was the scene of a serious incident when Chris Bottesch, 43, was trapped between two separate forklift trucks. He underwent surgery as a result of serious injuries to his leg. He had to stay off work for a year and has not been able to return to his original job, instead returning to an administration role. Changes in jobs can be common in accidents that result in serious injuries like these, as our team here at Accident Advice Helpline are aware.
A further incident caused by reversing forklifts
An improvement notice was issued to the business as a consequence of the incident. However, six days prior to the date on which improvements were to be made, another incident occurred in the same yard. This time, another worker sustained a fractured leg.
Forklift trucks can be potentially very dangerous if proper safety procedures are not in place to ensure that people are safe when working in or around them. Accident Advice Helpline have acted on behalf of many workers who have been injured in similar cases.
Large fine handed down
The total amount of the fine issued to the company as a consequence of pleading guilty to the health and safety breaches was £38,000. They were also ordered to pay court costs of £8,320 as a consequence of the case. According to the health and safety inspector who spoke after the case, further near misses were identified as having occurred prior to these two incidents.
Clearly, there are occasions where health and safety rules are not followed when they really should be. When this occurs and no proper risk assessment takes place, there is the chance that some people may find themselves in potential danger as a result. If you have had an accident at work resulting in injuries you believe could have been prevented, contact Accident Advice Helpline to determine whether a case may be brought. A no win no fee claim won’t cost you anything to launch with the help of a professional lawyer. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 for free and get the no-obligation advice you know you need.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown