Accident at work sees manufacturer prosecuted by the HSE
A Midlands based Tyre manufactuer has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) when a worker was injured by a passing Forklift Truck.
The injured worker was inspecting tyre casings when a passing forklift truck loaded with an unsecured 4-high stack of heavy steel stillages toppled on to him. He suffered 2 fractures to his ribs.
Factories can be extremely dangerous places and if the appropriate protection and health and safety precautions are not followed employees often face the risk of serious injuries.
Your employer has a duty of care to protect you and not to put you at risk of injury.
The firm was fined £13,500 with costs of £2,800. The court also ordered the firm to pay the injured worker £4,000 in compensation.
The HSE is calling for all employers to make sure that adequate protection measures are in place when using forklift trucks.
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