While working at a boat building company, a worker has been injured.
The Worker’s Injury
In August 2018 a worker was injured at work. He was assisting the unloading of a delivery at the company’s site. The victim was using a forklift truck in tandem with another driver. They were lifting a large load from a flatbed lorry. In doing so, another part of the load struck the mast of his forklift. This caused it to overturn.
The worker suffered ligament and muscle damage to his ankle as a result. He was also unable to work for five months.
The Health & Safety Executive conducted an investigation. The planning was not adequate. Risk assessment had also not taken place. The employees were also not aware of the relevant procedures. They had not considered safer alternative methods..
The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. £200,000 in fines and £7138.20 in costs was issued.
After the hearing, a HSE Inspector commented on the case. ‘The risks associated with unloading vehicles should be recognised and controlled. Complex lifts including handling heavy or unusual loads require careful planning and additional considerations.
‘Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.’
This case was entirely avoidable, had adequate Health & Safety measures been put into place. Operating machinery such as this requires adequate training for your workforce, as well as a deeper understanding of risk assessments and how to follow them.
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