Carlisle Magistrates Court has fined a Cumbrian fabrications company £12,000 and ordered to pay £501 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) held an investigation into how a 21 year old male employee suffered significant cuts and fractures to his left leg and foot after being crushed by a two tonne metal frame.
The worker is still unable to work. The incident occurred in February 2014.
The Court heard that a partially constructed metal frame was being lifted by two forklift trucks when it swung and hit an employee who was walking across the factory floor.
The HSE reported that the work had not been planned or supervised appropriately and staff were not kept at a safe distance from the lifting equipment.
After the case was heard, Steven Boyd from the HSE said:
“The worker still has difficulty walking almost a year after the incident but it could easily have been avoided. He wasn’t involved in the work to rotate the trailer chassis but had no way of knowing his life was being put at risk as he walked across the factory floor.”
“This case should act as a warning to manufacturers that they risk the safety of their employees if they ignore the law, and could find themselves in court as a result.”
More information on the safe use of forklift trucks is available at www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport.