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    PARCEL CARRIER FINED HEAVILY OVER FLT INCIDENT

    Reversing fork lift lacked segregation from pedestrians

    A major parcel carrier has been fined over £500,000 after an employee was seriously injured when he was struck by a reversing forklift truck in November 2017 at Burntwood Business Park, near Cannock, Staffordshire.

    Cannock Magistrates heard that an employee was walking across the depot when he  was struck by a reversing forklift truck and trapped on the ground.

    He had to be freed by colleagues using a pallet truck and suffered serious fractures to his arm and soft tissue injuries to his legs. He was off work for several months.

    Assessment failed to identify importance of segregation

    HSE investigators found there was inadequate segregation of forklift trucks and pedestrians within the workplace.

    A risk assessment had been carried out but had not identified the importance of achieving robust segregation in an area where frequent forklift truck movements took place.

    • Fedex UK Ltd – of Express House, Holly Lane, Atherstone pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been fined £533,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10033.39.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Wendy Campbell said:

    “Those in control of work have a responsibility to provide safe methods of working and a safe working environment. Collisions between vehicles and pedestrians can be avoided if the workplace layout is properly planned, effectively segregated and suitable systems of work are introduced.

    If physical barriers and a suitable system of work had been in place the injuries sustained by this employee could have been prevented.”

     

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