Monday, 9 May 2016

Severfield fined £191,000 after death of forklift truck driver

Severfield (UK) Limited, a large steel fabrication company, was fined £191,000 (inc.costs) after a forklift truck operator was killed when the truck he was operating overturned. 
The offence was not a significant cause of the fatal accident.

The circumstances were:

  • Severfield failed to manage forklift truck driving operations. 
  • They did not enforce the wearing of seat-belts or control the speed at which some FLT operators drove their trucks.
  • Kelvin McGibbon was reversing the forklift truck on 13 March 2013.
  • He was not wearing a seatbelt.
  • The forklift truck struck some steps causing it to overturn.
  • Mr McGibbon suffered crush injuries which proved fatal. 
The HSE inspector said:
“A company has a legal duty for the health and safety of people working on its site, whether they are employees or not. They are required to assess risks, eliminate them where possible and enforce proper control measures, such as seat belt wear, by checking that safe driving practices are being followed to deal with the risks that remain. 
Sadly, in this case, the prosecution shows that the company’s management of FLT driving operations and risk control measures failed which exposed employees to danger.”

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