Forklift accidents, prosecutions and fines

Woodham Ferrers firm fined for ignoring safety law

An Essex firm has been fined a total of £15,000 for repeatedly failing to have its systems on its local exhaust ventilation (LEV) system for extracting wood dust and lifting equipment on its rider operated forklift trucks thoroughly examined.

The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted Welsted Joinery Ltd today at Chelmsford Magistrates Court and told the court previous enforcement notices had been issued on these matters and others over a period of ten years identified in a number of inspection visits to the company.

Welsted Joinery Ltd of 31 Cutlers Road, South Woodham Ferrers pleaded guilty to two breaches of Regulation 9(3) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and one breach of Regulation 9(2) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.

It was fined £5000 for each offence and ordered to pay total costs of £2240.50

HSE inspector Saffron Turnell said: “This case sends out a clear message that HSE will prosecute when Inspectors find serious health and safety failings particularly when previous enforcement and advice has been provided. This year HSE is targeting the woodworking industry because of the significant health risks associated with wood dust exposure. I strongly urge such businesses to consult the HSE website for further information to ensure that control of exposure is managed and their statutory duties are complied with”.