Cheese company receive fine for poor Health & Safety Practices.

The company is one of the largest independent regional cheese producers in the UK and it has been fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £709.15 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The Health and Safety Executive successfully prosecuted the Crewe based firm following an incident on the 4th of July 2012 when an employee fell from a fork lift truck injuring his leg.

The employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, was conducting an unsafe loading operation by standing on the prongs of the fork lift as it loaded cheese on to the back of a wagon. The 53 year old man fell a metre or so onto the ground fracturing his ankle in several places and causing cuts to his left leg.

An investigation into the firms Health & Safety practices found that this method of delivering cheese onto the wagon was not a one off occurrence. No risk assessment had been carried out and there was no obvious alternative way to loading the product on to the vehicles. The HSE found the company had failed in its duty to identify it as a hazardous procedure.

As well as the fine, the company has now adopted HSE approved steps to their delivery operations ensuring that their product is loaded onto the wagons safely.

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