A £200,000 fine has been given by Preston Crown Court after an employee of a well-known recycling company suffered severe injuries.
The worker was hospitalised for a period of two months after being struck by a telehandler machine weighing approximately 7.5 tonnes.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the employee walked behind a stationary telehandler which then reversed over him.
The court heard that the firm had risk assessed the workplace but had failed to introduce any controls to prevent employees getting hit by machinery.
The court fined the company £200,000 with £11,998 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Stuart Kitchingman said:
“Employers need to look carefully at their workplaces regularly to make sure that pedestrian routes are clearly marked and physically separated from vehicle routes wherever possible.”