Manufacturer hit with £80,000 fine after worker hit by forklift

Ashleigh Wight
July 26, 2017


A cardboard manufacturing company has been fined £80,000 after a worker was struck by a forklift truck at its Liverpool site.

Manchester & Salford Magistrates’ Court was told a West Coast Corrugated employee suffered a fractured pelvis after being hit by a reversing camp truck at the company’s Deacon Park operation in April 2015.

The HSE found the own-account operator had failed to consider the risks posed by vehicles and pedestrians operating in the same area; had failed to introduce a traffic management plan to ensure workers and vehicles were segregated; and had not installed physical barriers to separate the areas forklift trucks and other vehicles were operating in.

West Coast Corrugated, which is based in Hannover Street, Liverpool, and has a restricted O-licence authorising up to six vehicles and eight trailers, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health & Safety at Work Act on 12 July.

It was fined £80,000 and must pay £4,337.84 in costs.

HSE inspector Bradley Wigglesworth said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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