Forklift accident

Manufacturing firm fined after forklift hits worker

October 2011. A Dorset manufacturing firm has been fined after a lorry delivery driver was run over by a fork lift truck.

The injured party from Verwood, Dorset, had both his ankles and lower legs broken when the fork lift truck reversed into him at the company's Dorset site on 9th March 2010.

Bournemouth Magistrates' Court heard that there was not enough separation of the work area used by both pedestrians and fork lift trucks at the premises.

Although the injured man has now returned to work at the company, which manufactures ventilation accessories for the white goods industry, his injuries were initially thought to be severe enough to have ended his career.

Speaking after the case, Health and Safety (HSE) Inspector Ian Smart said: "Even though the injured man was very experienced, this potentially career-ending injury still occurred. The message is that if firms have limited space they still have to organise their operation so that they don't have conflicting activities going on in the same place. Pedestrians and fork lift trucks don't mix."

The company pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,407.