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Published Sat, Aug 20th 2011

Company fined £36,000 after worker run over twice by forklift

SIG Trading Limited of Sheffield have admitted breaching S.2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have been fined £36,000 after a forklift truck driver twice ran over the leg of a colleague.

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SIG Trading Limited of Sheffield have admitted breaching S.2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have been fined £36,000 after a forklift truck driver twice ran over the leg of a colleague.

The operator driver was unaware that 2 other employees were in the warehouse and as he advanced his truck a few metres he became aware of a colleague shouting and indicating to him to reverse.

Having just run over another colleague's leg he then reversed the truck over his leg again. The accident victim now lives with constant pain. The forklift truck had its load, a large metal coil, supported on its forks which were raised and this restricted the operator's view.

No arrangements were established to separate pedestrians from vehicles operated by 2 companies which shared that part of the site. No employee training on transport issues had been carried out and no high-visibility garments for use in the warehouse were issued. An official from the HSE commented:

"This incident was entirely foreseeable. The company failed to carry out a risk assessment for the movement of vehicles and segregation of pedestrians from traffic or put in place a workplace transport plan. Coupled with the lack of training and poor work practices this led to the serious injuries sustained by the employee. After the incident, corrective measures including barriers, walkways and high-visibility garments were put in place and employees received training."

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