Worker hit by reversing forklift has leg amputed
19 February 2019
Moy Park hit by a heavy fine after a yardman was seriously injured after being struck by a forklift truck.
Derby Crown Court heard how, on 24 January 2017, a forklift truck had been driven into the yard at Airfield Industrial Estate in Ashbourne to drop off some pallets, when the driver reversed around a trailer. The driver did not see the yardman who was standing behind the trailer, and the yardman wasn’t aware that the forklift truck was reversing in the area. During the manoeuvre, the forklift hit the yardman causing serious leg injuries, which resulted in his left leg being amputated above the knee.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was an inadequate system of segregation in the yard to separate people and vehicles to prevent this type of incident occurring. Since the incident, measures have been put in place so that the yardman is segregated from forklift trucks when they are operating in the yard.
Awareness and action
For practical solutions to common safety problems, check out the Safer Logistics Zone at the Health & Safety Event, which takes place from April 9-11 at the NEC in Birmingham. Toyota Material Handling UK is the sponsor of Safer Logistics.
The seminar programme includes presentations on:
Forklift accidents: 10 common causes, 1 recurring theme
Stuart Taylor breaks down ten common causes of forklift accidents and reveals the theme that links them all. You’ll be given practical tips that can be easily applied on your site to significantly reduce the risk of accidents at a relatively low cost, keeping you compliant while retaining profitability.
Stuart Taylor, managing director of Mentor Training, on behalf of the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA)
Forklift training myths – are you wasting money?
RTITB discusses the common forklift training myths many employers are making which could be costing them money in unnecessary training. The discussion will identify where employers are wasting money on unnecessary operator training and explore when forklift training is essential to ensure that delegates leave with methods to achieve safety, compliance and reduced costs in their business.
Laura Nelson, Managing Director, RTITB
Driver Health: Asking the awkward questions
HGV drivers can face sleep, fatigue, drug, and alcohol problems among a wide range of driver health issues. This presentation gives managers the tools to develop a proactive approach to tackling the problem.
Andrew Drewary, road risk consultant, the Logistics Safety Forum of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT)
The importance of taking responsibility for lifting equipment maintenance
The recent collapse of a crane at Falmouth docks was not a one-off, says the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA). It shows the absolute necessity of implementing a strict maintenance regime for all logistics and industrial cranes and lifting equipment. Here, LEEA illustrates the importance of monitoring crane design working periods.
Ricardo German, Technical Assistant, The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA)
Rack safety - can you afford to risk everything?
Cutting corners on rack safety can cost millions, a life, or your freedom.
Jonathan Bennett, chair SEMA Distributor Group, and Simon King, ex-chair of SEMA Distributor Grou
Toyota Material Handling UK is the sponsor of Safer Logistics.
Moy Park of The Food Park, 39 Seagoe Industrial Estate, Craigavon pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 17 of the Workplace (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. The company was fined £866,650 and ordered to pay costs of £11,651.61
Speaking after the hearing inspector Lindsay Bentley said: “The employee’s injuries were life-changing and he could have easily been killed. This serious incident with devastating injuries could have been avoided if basic precautions had been put in place.”