Liverpool firm in court over fork-lift injuries
Waste Away Skip Hire (Liverpool) Ltd has been fined for safety failings after one of its employees was struck by a fork lift and dragged under a rear wheel in an accident at work.
The employee had been picking through waste materials when he was hit by the reversing forklift, sustaining severe crush injuries to his leg and chest.
He suffered broken ribs, a snapped pelvis, a punctured lung and the removal of his spleen as a result of the accident.
An investigation into the accident at work incident found that the fork lift truck didn’t have wing mirrors, an audible warning siren or a beacon for reversing. Additionally, a safe system of work was not in place, and a risk assessment had not been carried which should have identified the need to segregate pedestrians and vehicles within the workplace.
What was the outcome?
Waste Away Skip Hire (Liverpool) Limited was fined £14,000 plus £1791.50 costs and a victim surcharge of £120 after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
The director of the company, Leanne Koo, also pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £1,000 plus £387.50 costs and a victim surcharge of £120