Forklift accidents, prosecutions and fines

Worker crushed by Hi-Bay order picker overturning

A Leicestershire aluminium fabricator has been sentenced after a worker was crushed under a Hi-Bay order picking truck which tipped over while lifting extruder dies from storage racks.

Stefan Durina, 33, of Beeston, Nottinghamshire, died following the incident at Boal UK Ltd in Shepshed, near Loughborough, on 23 June 2013.

Leicester Crown Court heard that Mr Durina was trapped underneath an overturned hi bay order picker truck he was using to collect or return aluminium extruder dies, types of metal mould, to the racked storage system.

Mr Durina suffered fatal chest and abdominal crush injuries and died from his injuries in hospital the next day.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive concluded that the incident was entirely preventable and stemmed from three material breaches of health and safety law. These were inadequate risk assessment for collecting and replacing dies in storage racks, an inadequate safe system of work for the use of a Narrow Aisle High Level Reach Truck and the company’s organisation of lifting operations in the die storage area.

Boal UK Ltd of Ashby Road East, Shepshed, Loughborough, was fined £140,000 and ordered to pay £32,251.31 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

In his sentencing remarks, the Judge stated that Boal UK Ltd fell far short of the applicable standards and in particular, there was a prolonged and very substantial failure on the part of the company in relation to its monitoring, supervision and enforcement of safe working procedures in the die shop.