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Forklift accidents

Fork lift truck runs over man's foot

An international metal-processing company has been fined £12,500 after one of its workers was run over by a forklift truck in Bolton.

Manchester Crown Court heard that items of stock had been left in the aisle, narrowing the route for the truck, and that there was not a separate walkway for pedestrians.

The injured worker has been left with a badly damaged right leg as a result of the company's poor health and safety procedures. He had to take sixteen months off work and still has a swollen foot which makes it difficult for him to walk.

The company, which supplies raw materials to the aerospace and defence industries, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 17 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 by failing to provide a separate walkway for pedestrians.

HSE Inspector Alex Farnhill said:"Measures should have been taken to ensure vehicles and pedestrianswere effectively separated in the warehouse so they could both circulate in a safe manner.”

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