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Pickfords fined after forklift injures worker

  • 02 May 2014
  • By Roger Brown

Removals and storage company Pickfords has been fined £5,000 after a forklift truck reversed into a worker at a site in Essex, causing serious injuries.

In a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, Colchester Magistrates’ Court was told how the 58-year-old man from Braintree was struck by the truck as he stood by the cab of a removals lorry during a loading operation at Pickfords’ Appletree Farm site on Polecat Road, Cressing, in April 2013.

The worker, who does not wish to be named, suffered three broken toes when the front of his left foot was forced into the steel toecap of his boot during the impact.

He also suffered a dislocation of the upper foot as well as bruising.

He has since had to wear a special support in his shoe to help him walk correctly and was only able to return to work some 11 months after the incident.

An HSE investigation found that the company didn’t have sufficient procedures in place to keep pedestrians away from operating forklift trucks.

The court was told that the forklift truck also had a broken reversing alarm when the incident happened, which had not been working for more than a year.

Pickfords was also ordered to pay costs of £1,415 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

After the case, HSE inspector Keith Waller said: “This was an entirely preventable injury caused by Pickfords’ failure to recognise the hazards arising from loading operations at their premises. The risks to pedestrians when they are near to operating forklift trucks are very serious, but also well documented. There is no excuse, therefore, for companies to neglect safety.”

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