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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FTA engineer travels to Falkland Islands

Freight Transport Association (FTA) engineer Wyn Skyrme has travelled to the Falkland Islands to help government transport staff there with vehicle maintenance.

Skyrme, who spent a month in Tanzania in 2012 training the police how to carry out vehicle checks, was flown to the South Atlantic via Ascension Island by the Royal Air Force.

The government plant and vehicle workshop was closed so all nine staff could undergo four days of HGV DVSA training followed by individual assessments.

HGV legislation, brake testing and calibration, MoT standards and DVSA inspection and procedures were all covered.

The engineer, who has more than 30 years’ experience with FTA’s vehicle inspection service, said: “There’s no enforcement, no MoTs and no test standards on the island.

“Drivers don’t come back to the yard for checks until their vehicle breaks down, but the workshop manager (Ralph Harris) wants to change all that.

“The roads are stone and gravel rather than tarmac and there have been a few fatalities where trucks have ended up in a ditch.”

Skyrme said Harris wants to set a standard that will end up being adopted across the island.

“I went through how UK and EU legislation works” Skyrme said. “They couldn’t believe how much policing is involved - there aren’t even parking tickets on the Falklands and the only fine is for breaking the 40mph speed limit.

“There are about 20 engineers on the island and they tend to swap jobs all the time.”