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Forklift accidents, prosecutions and fines

Incorrect use of forklift leads to injury and fine

forklift forkAn Aberdeen company specialising in making and supplying agricultural machinery has been fined after a worker was seriously injured by a fork from a fork lift truck at the company’s Chapel Works premises.

Jose Magano Ojeda, 44, living in Aberdeen but originally from Spain, was working his first day for Charles J Marshall (Aberdeen) Limited welding metal runners to the steel sheet bed of a trailer. To help him do this, another employee was using the forks of a fork lift truck to apply downward pressure to the metal runner to hold it flat and in place for welding.

Whilst Mr Magano Ojedo was welding, the fork lifted up and disengaged from the fork lift truck, striking and severely injuring him in the incident on 31 March 2014.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found that the fork lift truck was being used for a purpose it was neither designed nor intended for and that safety measures designed to keep the fork in place  were missing.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard today that Mr Magano Ojedo sustained serious injuries including a broken hip which required an operation to fit a metal plate.

Charles J Marshall (Aberdeen) Limited of Bucksburn, Aberdeen was fined a total of £6,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(3) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

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