UCH Logistics fined after forklift accident

A Middlesex logistics company has been ordered to pay £20,940.40 in fines and costs following a forklift truck accident that left a worker with head injuries.

UCH Logistics, which has ?an O-licence authorising ?26 vehicles and 10 trailers, pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations at its yard in Staines, following an incident in September last year that saw an employee being hit by a reversing forklift truck.

Andrew Elliss, a UCH employee from Isleworth, suffered head injuries that he continues to feel the effects of.

CCTV footage seen by the HSE, which prosecuted the company, showed forklifts loading and unloading vehicles at the site, with pedestrians regularly weaving between them.

Redhill Magistrates’ Court was told that the company’s yard had been resurfaced a ?few years before the accident and no markings had been made on the ground to segregate pedestrians from moving vehicles.

Airfreight haulier UCH Logistics, of Stanwell Moor Road in Staines, pleaded ?guilty to breaching the Workplace (Health, Safety ?and Welfare) Regulations ?1992 and was fined £20,000 ?with £942.40 in prosecution ?costs on 13 October.

HSE inspector Russell Beckett said: “Workplace transport incidents are the third highest cause of workplace fatalities, and accidents can be prevented if companies implement simple control measures.

“The need to walk through this area was clearly foreseeable and the risk from vehicle traffic was high. When I saw the CCTV footage, it was clear this was an accident waiting to happen.”

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ARR Craib Transport puts in strong performance despite falling price of oil

The falling price of oil in 2014 did not stop Aberdeen-based ARR Craib Transport putting in a strong financial performance last year, as it leaned on food and drink and construction and building customers instead.

In the year ending 31 March 2015, turnover rose to £52.8m, from £46.1m in the previous year, while pre-tax profit was flat at £1.69m.

Chief operating officer Eddie Anderson said: “The financial results for the year were strong, especially in the light of the significant downturn suffered in the UK oil and gas industry from late 2014.

"This has affected many of our oil and gas customers and we work closely with them as they continue to navigate the current economic environment.”

  • This article first appeared in Commercial Motor 22 October. Why not subscribe today and get 12 issues for £12?