A grain milling company has today been fined after a worker lost his right leg after being struck by a fork lift truck.
Chester Crown Court heard how, on 1 September 2015, two employees, were emptying a warehouse which contained old electrical equipment. One forklift truck was in operation to remove the redundant equipment by loading it onto pallets and taking it across the yard to be sorted into skips. A second was working separately to stack pallets of ingredients onto a trailer. On the day of the incident, Mark Johnson attempted to cross the yard to reach the pallets and skips but was struck by the second fork lift truck, injuring his right leg which later required amputation below the knee.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that insufficient measures had been taken to separate pedestrians from circulating vehicles and that the company could have installed temporary control measures to reduce the risk of collisions with moving vehicles.
The Company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 17 (1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £35,000.
Speaking after the incident, HSE inspector Jennifer French said: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe working methods and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers, in the safe system of working. If a suitable system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the life changing injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”
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A German-owned discount supermarket chain Aldi Stores has been handed a £1m penalty after an inadequately trained delivery driver was left with life-changing injuries.
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In his second week of a new job that involved using a powered pallet truck to transport goods to stores, the driver sustained fractures to all the toes on one foot. He was off work for six months after having two toes surgically amputated and his foot restructured using wires.
The investigation by Amber Valley Borough Council, which brought the prosecution, found that Aldi did not have standardised training programmes for new drivers and equipment operators. The workers instead were expected to shadow experienced members of the team before working alone.
The victim, who was injured in November 2013 at the Somercotes store in Alfreton, Derbyshire, has returned to work for Aldi, but “his injuries have left him with pain that will have repercussions in years to come and can be considered life-changing”, the council said.
Aldi pleaded guilty two breaching ss 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act on 13 January. It was sentenced on 14 July at Derby Crown Court, where it was also ordered to pay costs of £70,000.
Summing up, Judge Peter Cooke noted that Aldi should have improved training for drivers sooner, following previous accidents. The company, whose turnover was £7.7bn in the last financial year, agreed and admitted to the court that its training programmes lacked structure and formality.
The council’s portfolio holder for housing and public health, David Taylor, said: “The level of fine reflects the seriousness of the failings within the company. This investigation and outcome will hopefully result in a renewed focus by Aldi to ensure that standards are maintained to ensure employees receive adequate protection from risk of injury.”
The council’s lead investigator, Julia Cope, added: “[The] driver had been asked to carry out work using equipment for which his employer had failed to provide structured and necessary formal training.”your update here...
Two companies from Carmarthenshire and West Midlands have been fined after a worker was killed when he fell from a telehandler.
Swansea Crown Court heard how a 50 year old self-employed contractor working for Advance Door Engineering Ltd, who had been contracted by Shufflebottom Limited to fabricate and install roller shutter doors on an extension to a slipway building at Mustang Marine in Pembroke Dock.
The contractor was working at height with a co-worker on a telehandler when it came into contact with fencing. When the telehandler was released from the obstruction it caused the basket to jerk, throwing both operators from the basket. The contractor was not clipped onto the basket and fell to the ground sustaining fatal injuries.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the companies had not properly thought through the risks that could occur with the task.
Shufflebottom Limited of Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire pleaded guilty, to breaches of Regulation 3(1)(b) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and were fined £125,000 and ordered to pay costs of £43,000.
Advance Door Engineering Limited of Malthouse Road, Tipton, West Midlands pleaded guilty, to breaches of Regulation 3(1)(b) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and were fined £1 due to insolvency.
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Forty-three people - including two teenagers - are likely to be badly injured by UK fork lift trucks in the next seven days, according to new findings released by the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA).
The shocking figures, based upon HSE workplace accident statistics since 2001, also show that forklift trucks injure almost as many people at work as vans, cars and HGVs combined.

Statistically, alongside two victims under the age of 19, an average week's injury toll of 43 would include the following types of people:
11 serious, long-term injuries, such as amputations
5 victims at or approaching retirement age (55+)
3 injuries to female workers
20 pedestrians struck by a moving truck
Someone in the UK is killed by a fork lift truck on average every six weeks. This rate doubles in September as companies take on additional staff to cope with pre-Christmas stock movements
Yesterday we had our ITSSAR annual category 2 monitoring visit for training standard advisor, the TSA was extremely happy with the standard of training we give and the paperwork and records are very well organised . I am very happy to say we passed with flying colours
We can now carry out Category J3 Telescopic Handler Training, (Tele-Handler)
We can now carry out Category “B3” training, Counter Balance FLT’s Over 15 tons
Today we had a monitoring visit from ITSSAR for Category 2 Accreditation, The good news is, we passed and are now a Registered ITSSAR Cat 2 Training Organisation