Employee Found Fatally Injured by Side Loading Forklift Truck
An HSE investigation into the fatal injury caused by workplace machinery found that the forks which crushed Poutney were unsupported. They also observed that there was no safe working system in place for unloading pallets from the side-loader forklift truck. Meaning, other employees could potentially suffer from similar accidents at work. As Poutney had been working underneath when the loaded goods caused the forklift truck’s carriage to rapidly descended, the heavy load combine with the force fatally injured him.
The employer, Cutting Edge in the West Midlands, pleaded guilty of the workplace accident. They were fined £18,000 and made to pay costs in excess of £10,000. Jenny Skeldon, HSE Principal Inspector, said:
“This tragic incident could have easily been prevented if this employer had acted to identify and manage the risks involved and put a safe system of work in place.”
Have You Been Injured at Work by a Forklift Truck or Other Machinery?
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Forklift trucks are dangerous moving vehicles to be around, and their mechanisms are no different. Employers need to ensure you have a safe working environment, especially around heavy-duty equipment, to protect your health. Without enforcement actions from HSE and claims filled by injured employees, businesses wouldn’t make your safety a priority, despite a legal obligation to do so. That’s why it’s critical that companies are held as responsible for accidents.
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