Manchester firm fined £150,000 after fatal accident


A company was fined £150,000 after an employee was crushed between the descending arm and side of his forklift truck vehicle.

The vehicle's off-side cab window had been damaged 5 weeks prior to the fatality during a lifting operation. The cab window usually acted as a guard but since the earlier incident the cab window was completely missing.

Due to the fact that there were no witnesses to the fatal accident the Judge concluded that the only explanation was that the employee had leant out of his cab window and had come into contact with the joystick which brought the arm of the forklift truck down onto him.

The company were charged for failing to ensure the safety of its employees under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

A water company were also charged and fined £50,000 as they were the principal contractors on site and had a duty to monitor all their sub-contractors and ensure safe systems of work were in place.

Your employer has a duty to provide a safe working environment at all times. If you are injured due to the negligence of a third party you could be entitled to compensation.

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