Logistics firm failed properly manage site transport hazard

A company has been fined £265,000 after two employees were injured in two days.

Oxford Crown Court heard how a 39-year-old male employee sustained crush injuries to his left foot when he was hit by a forklift truck (FLT) in October 2014 and that the following day a 55-year-old Operations Manager sustained severe injuries after a metal box fell from the forks of a truck.

Failed to manage and control vehicle risks

HSE investigators found that:

  • Training – operators of the FLTs and their supervisors were not properly trained;
  • Assessment – the risk assessments in place were “poor”; and
  • Segregation – there was inadequate segregation of pedestrians and vehicles.

The defendant of Lichfield, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £265,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £14,943.30.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Kelly Nichols said:

“It is vital that drivers are competent and have received appropriate information, instruction and training. Sites should be well-designed and maintained with suitable segregation of vehicles and people in order to minimise the risk of workplace transport accidents.

The risks from workplace transport in warehouses and the required control measures to manage those risks are well-known and publicised in HSE publications.”