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Delivery firm fined after reversing forklift hit worker

A delivery firm has been fined after an employee has been seriously injured when he was struck by a reversing forklift truck.

03 February 2020

A delivery firm has been fined after an employee has been seriously injured when he was struck by a reversing forklift truck.

The worker was walking across the depot when he was struck by the reversing vehicle. He was pinned to the floor and his colleagues had to use a pallet truck to free him. He suffered serious fractures to his arm and soft tissue injuries to his legs and was off work for several months.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there was inadequate segregation between forklift trucks and pedestrians within the workplace. A risk assessment had been carried out but had not identified the importance of achieving robust segregation in an area where frequent forklift truck movements took place.

The firm admitted breaching section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £533,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,033.39.

A representative of the HSE said:

“Those in control of work have a responsibility to provide safe methods of working and a safe working environment.

“Collisions between vehicles and pedestrians can be avoided if the workplace layout is properly planned, effectively segregated and suitable systems of work are introduced.

“If physical barriers and a suitable system of work had been in place the injuries sustained by this employee could have been prevented,”

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