The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a steel fabrication company after an investigation, into how a fork lift driver suffered fatal crush injuries, highlighted safety failings.
The case which was held at Teesside Crown Court, heard how a 27-year-old worker was reversing a forklift truck, when it struck some steps causing it to overturn. The driver was not wearing a seat belt.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that the company did not enforce the wearing of seatbelts by the forklift truck drivers. Additionally, the speed at which some drivers operated, was not monitored or controlled.
The court fined the Thirsk based firm, £135,000 and ordered to pay costs of £46,020 after pleading guilty to a non-causative breach of Regulation 5(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
After the case was heard, David Welsh from the HSE stated: “A company has a legal duty for the health and safety of people working on its site, whether they are employees or not. They are required to assess risks, eliminate them where possible and enforce proper control measures, such as seat belt wear, by checking that safe driving practices are being followed to deal with the risks that remain.”