An employee suffered a serious foot injury after being run over by a vehicle at a Royal Mail warehouse, a court has been told.
Health and safety experts told magistrates that vehicles and workers on foot were not segregated in the area where the accident occurred, adding that it could have been avoided if the movement of vehicles had been organised better.
Royal Mail Group Limited was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,406 after admitting it breached both the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations.
The accident at work happened, Medway Magistrates’ Court was told, at a bundling warehouse in Rochester, Kent, in March 2014.
‘Accident was preventable’
Magistrates heard the worker was injured after stepping out into an aisle at the warehouse and into the path of a reach truck being driven by another employee.
The vehicle ran over his foot, leaving him with broken bones and bruising. The court heard that at the time of the accident, which was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), that he was not wearing steel-capped safety boots.
Safety measures introduced
Following the case a Royal Mail spokesman said a number of measures had now been implemented to improve safety at the warehouse.
They include portable safety barriers to segregate pedestrians from moving vehicles, clearer pedestrian walkways and extra health and safety training for managers.
The safety of staff, the spokesperson added, is of “paramount importance” to the organisation.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: June 9, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown