Employee lucky to be alive after being crushed by a forklift at work

A multi million pound turnover food manufacturers have been fined a total of £60,000 after an employee suffered severe injuries at its factory back in 2012.
A 26- year old agency worker is said to be lucky to be alive by a Crown Court after he was thrown from a forklift truck and crushed between the forklift and the back of an articulated lorry.
His injuries included a number of broken vertebrae, a fractured pelvis and blood blisters all over his body.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching the regulations of Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined a total of £60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £57,790.

The Judge, in sentencing, said:
“The system being operated by the …… at the time was a disaster waiting to happen. It all arose as a result for pushed growth and a desire for profitability that was given priority over the safety of employees.”

The company Directors pleaded guilty to two breaches of Section 37(I) of the same Act and was found by the judge to have failed to ensure that all the correct safety management systems were in place at the factory. He was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £50,513.

Speaking after the hearing, an HSE Inspector said:
“It was a matter of sheer luck that this incident did not result in a fatality. ….. suffered severe injuries that could have easily been prevented. The company failed to ensure that obvious risks from transport operations were controlled”

“…….. in his role as director should have had adequate systems in place to ensure the safety of his workers. He neglected to do that. The provision of a simple set of steps was all that was needed to keep ……… and others safe.”

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