The 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.
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.
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
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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