Vegetable company bosses pay out to lifelong employee

A 67 year old man suffered serious injuries following a 3 metre fall from a fork lift truck at a potato company. 

The man, who had worked at the company for more than 50 years, broke a shoulder blade, chipped two vertebrae, cracked his pelvis, fractured 7 ribs and sustained a serious head injury. 

The Health and Safety Executive described it as “ a dangerous lifting operation” and the HSE inspector John Claxton said “The injured worker could easily have been killed.  Lifting someone as they stand in a box on the forks of a forklift should clearly have been recognised as an unsafe practice, and the onus was on the business partners to prohibit such a system of work.”

 The man spent 9 days in hospital and had a further 4 months off work to recover from his injuries.  The owners of the business were ordered to  review all their safety procedures and were fined £3,000 and ordered to pay combined costs of £993 after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety Act 1974.

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