Worker suffers severe leg injuries due to inadequate safety procedures

Posted on 09/23/14 in News, No Comments

Worker suffers severe leg injuries due to inadequate safety procedures

First Reported by the Health and Safety Executive on 13th August 2014

Food packaging company Primopost Ltd has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £2,979 in prosecution costs after an employee suffered a severe leg injury as a result of inadequate safety systems.

The Primopost Ltd employee was injured when he was hit by a forklift truck carrying a large reel of printed film. Michael Booth broke his leg in three places and was in hospital for six days after the incident.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there were no sufficient provisions in place to move goods around the factory in a safe manner or to allow pedestrians to stay away from moving vehicles.

The firm has since started using pallet trucks as a safer alternative to forklift trucks.

The court found Primpost Ltd guilty of single breaches of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The firm was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £2,979 in prosecution costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Stuart Parry said:

“Michael suffered injuries which have had a significant impact on his life because the factory where he was working wasn’t safe.

“Forklift trucks are responsible for around a quarter of all injuries involving workplace transport and so it’s vital companies have systems in place to keep them away from pedestrians. This can be as simple as painting a white line on the floor.

“Alternatively, they should find other ways of moving goods around factory floors. If pallet trucks had been in use at the time of the incident – as they are now – then Michael’s injuries could have been avoided.”


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