Company fined after worker suffers serious injury

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A maritime freight and logistics company has been fined after a worker suffered multiple bone fractures to his foot in an incident involving a forklift truck.

Newport Magistrates Court heard how on 5 January 2018 a worker suffered serious injuries when a 15 tonne forklift truck drove over his foot during unloading and stacking of steel coils in a shed.

An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, found that there was inadequate control of workplace transport risks.

The company had also failed to conduct a suitable and sufficient assessment of controls for workplace transport.

Simec Ports (UK) Limited was found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. They were fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,732.04.

Jeremy Sirrell a Partner at Palmers and Health and Safety expert said: “The failure to ensure that workplace transport is managed safely has led to this avoidable incident.

“If one of your employees is involved in an accident in the workplace it is vital that you seek specialist legal advice at the earliest opportunity.”

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