Thursday, 3 August 2017

West Coast Corrugated fined £84,000 after an employee was struck by a fork lift truck.

West Coast Corrugated Ltd., was fined £84,337 (inc. costs) after an employee was struck by a fork lift truck.
The circumstances were:
  • West Coast Corrugated failed to consider the risk created by vehicles and pedestrians operating in the same area.
  • They failed to implement a traffic management plan to ensure workers and vehicles were adequately segregated. 
  • They also failed to install physical barriers to clearly segregate pedestrians and vehicles.
  • On 13 April 2015 an employee was struck by a reversing clamp truck. 
  • This resulted in him fracturing his pelvis.

The HSE inspector said:
“This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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