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Health & Safety in the News

FORKLIFT ACCIDENTS, PROSECUTIONS AND FINES

Worker's foot injured by reach truck. £50,000 fine

foot protectionThe Royal Mail Group Limited has been fined £50,000 after a worker’s foot was run over by a reach truck in a bundling warehouse.

Medway Magistrates Court heard how an incident happened at the Royal Mail Group Limited bundling centre in Rochester where a worker stepped out into an aisle and another worker, who was driving a reach truck, ran over his foot causing broken bones and bruising. The injured worker was not wearing safety boots with steel toe caps when the incident happened.

 

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident which occurred on 7 March 2014 found that workplace transport was not organised to ensure pedestrians and vehicles can circulate safely as they both operated in the same areas without segregation.

Better organisation of the workplace transport within the warehouse would have prevented this incident from happening.

Royal Mail Group Limited, of Victoria Embankment, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, and Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,406.

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Rescue workers have described the moment a worker trapped under a "huge amount" of cheese walked away uninjured as "astonishing".

Forklift driver Tomasz Wiszniewski was trapped for eight hours after huge metal racking collapsed inside the warehouse in Hinstock, Shropshire.

Firefighters used a drone to locate him and had to cut into the side of the building to get him out.

He appeared to have been saved by a protective cage on his truck.

More than 50 firefighters worked on the operation at Edwards Transport on Friday, with crews drafted in from West Midlands, Merseyside and Leicestershire.

The first call was received at 9.40am and Mr Wiszniewski was eventually rescued shortly before 6pm.

Firefighters built a bridge of pallets to help him get out of the side of the building.

Murray McGregor, of West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: "Astonishingly, after so long trapped under the contents of the warehouse, the worker was able to walk out of the warehouse.

North/South divide in fork lift accidents

New black-spot statistics reveal TWICE as many Northerners hospitalised or killed   

Workers in the North of England and Scotland are twice as likely to be injured or killed in accidents involving fork lift trucks as counterparts south of the Watford Gap.

The startling findings, revealed in figures and maps released today by the Fork Lift Truck Association to mark its National Fork Lift Safety Week, are based upon HSE statistics between 2001 and 2008 and come in spite of roughly equal fork lift sales in the two areas.

Yorkshire and the West Midlands are a particular concern, accounting for the top seven danger-zones Association’s list of the UK’s the ten accident black-spots.

The South does not escape incident-free, however; Milton Keynes is eighth on the list with 150 serious accidents over the last seven years – almost one every fortnight – and is closely followed by both Northampton and Thurrock in Essex.

The 10 Worst Areas for Fork Lift Truck Accidents:

1. Birmingham, West Midlands

2. Wakefield, Yorkshire

3. Leeds, Yorkshire

4. Doncaster, Yorkshire

5. Sandwell, West Midlands

6. Bradford, Yorkshire

7. Walsall, West Midlands

8. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

9. Northampton, Northamptonshire

10. Thurrock, Essex 

 

North/South divide in fork lift truck
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Men, older workers and lorry drivers at risk

Male workers were warned to learn from their female colleagues, as it was revealed that – even accounting for an uneven split in the industry’s employment figures – the rate of serious injuries among men was up to five times higher than for women.

There was also worrying news for workers over 45, announced as having the highest fatality rate, and HGV drivers waiting while their lorries are loaded and unloaded.

However, FLTA chief executive David Ellison was keen to emphasise that the Safety Week’s message is for everyone – including those who do not regularly work with fork lift trucks.

He said: “With over 400 hospitalisations a year, major fork lift truck accidents happen literally every day in the UK. Most are avoidable, and usually the victim is NOT the truck’s operator.

“These are major, life-shattering injuries like crushings and amputations. Last year, ten people were killed – and with fork lifts working on an estimated 100,000 UK sites, literally anyone could be at risk.

“Wherever you are, please remember to keep an eye open for fork lift trucks, and simply steer well clear. Don’t assume you’ve been seen by the operator, and make allowance for possible mistakes.  Quite simply, look out for each other.

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Firm fined £1million after young worker killed by exploding tyre

  • Date:
  • 1 June 2016

A Kent tyre company has been sentenced for safety failings after 21-year-old Matthew Hoare, from Canterbury was killed when a tyre exploded.

Canterbury Crown Court heard how Matthew, an employee of Watling Tyre Service Limited of Kent, was repairing a puncture to the tyre of a ‘dresser loading shovel’ when it exploded.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Matthew was working on his own with inadequate work equipment which was not properly maintained. He was not trained or competent to undertake the work he was told to complete.

After the hearing, HSE Principal Inspector Mike Walters said: “Employees need to be provided with properly maintained equipment and the correct equipment to undertake tasks whilst out on site. Employees also need to be trained and competent in the tasks they were asked to undertake.”

Watling Tyre Service Limited pleaded guilty, at a previous hearing on 29 January 2016, to breaches of Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 were today fined £1 million and ordered to pay costs of £99,485.

For more information about mechanical tyre repair visit:http://www.hse.gov.uk/mvr/mechanical-repair/tyreremoval.h

Sandwich firm to pay £117k for forklift accident

By Mike Stones+, 26-Aug-2015

A sandwich manufacturer has been ordered to pay more than £117,000 and its director £50,000, after a worker was crushed by a forklift truck.

http://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Supply-Chain/Food-firm-to-pay-117k-for-forklift-truck-accident

Forklift firm prosecuted over back injury

By Mike Stones+, 25-Sep-2014

A worker’s serious back injury, caused by a forklift truck accident, has resulted in a £9,000 bill for a Basingstoke company.

http://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Manufacturing/Back-injury-results-in-safety-prosecution

Forklift collision injures worker

  • Date:
  • 5 November 2015

An Essex haulage firm has been fined after an employee was struck by a forklift truck (FLT) driven by an untrained operative.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that on 29 November 2013, an employee was working at Unico Services UK’s warehouse in Rayleigh. While he was standing taking parcels from a cage, he was struck by a load carried by a FLT driven by another employee. He sustained a broken hip and has been unable to return to full time work since the incident.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigations revealed that the person operating the FLT had received no relevant suitable training. The defendant’s management was aware that he was operating the FLT from time to time before the incident.

Unico Services UK Limited, which is registered at Charter House, Leigh Road, Leigh-On-Sea but trades from Brook Road, Rayleigh, Essex, admitted breaching Regulation 9(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998. The company was fined £18,000, and HSE was awarded full prosecution costs of £1,302.

The court heard from HSE that extensive published guidance on forklift truck training has long been freely available, to assist duty holders.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Jessica Donne said: “Every year, nationally, many serious and all too often fatal incidents take place involving forklift trucks. The risks from allowing an untrained driver to operate a forklift truck were entirely foreseeable.”

“On the day of the incident, two trained forklift truck drivers were on site, so there was no need for an untrained employee to be operating this plant.

“No worker should be permitted to operate a forklift truck without suitable training, even for short periods or on an occasional basis.”

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Worker injured when skip loader overturned

  • Date:
  • 5 May 2016

A Cambridge construction firm has been fined after a skip loader overturned injuring a worker.

Cambridge Crown Court heard how Mead Construction (Cambridge) Limited was making a sewer connection from a domestic property at Hop Row, Haddenham to the main sewer. A worker was driving a skip loader, tipping spoil onto a spoil heap when the vehicle overturned trapping his leg.

He suffered fractures to his right ankle and sprained ligaments.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 4 February 2015 found that there was a failure to plan, manage and monitor work using a skip loader, including allowing an untrained employee to use the vehicle whilst not wearing a seatbelt.

Mead Construction (Cambridge) Limited, of Heath Road, Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and Regulation 9(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,787.

For further information on Construction Safety visit:http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/mobileplant.htm

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