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STEEL FIRM FINED AFTER TELEHANDLER PLATFORM SLIPS

Rebar supplier failed to secure platform which fell on workman below

EDV Reinforcements Ltd of Preston has been prosecuted after a working platform slid from the forks of a telehandler and struck a workman  fracturing his rib and causing back injuries in January 2011.

HSE investigators found the platform had not been secured to the forklift and was merely ‘resting’ on the forks. Preston Magistrates heard the truck was being used to lift a batch steel reinforcement when the platform slid from the forks injuring workman who was standing nearby.

The standards for non-integrated working platforms on forklift trucks is set out in HSE Guidance Note PM28 which requires the that the platform is positively locked onto the truck.

Platform should have been properly secured

EDV Reinforcements Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in failing to ensure the safety of its employees and was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £3,566 in prosecution costs.

Speaking after the hearing, the investigating inspector at HSE, Richard Clarke, said:

“The company should never have allowed the platform to be lifted on the forklift truck without it being properly secured. Sadly, one of EDV’s employees suffered serious injuries as a result of this negligence, and it was an incident that could easily have been avoided.

This case should act as a warning to companies to make sure heavy equipment is properly secured to forklifts before being lifted.”

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