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Runcorn Factory Worker Death

AAK UK Ltd has been prosecuted following the death of one of its employees. The incident took place at the Astmoor Industrial Estate, Runcorn.

What happened?

The male worker, from Warrington, sustained fatal injuries as the result of an incident involving a collision between the stacker truck that he was driving and a lorry.

In an investigation brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Liverpool Crown Court heard that Michael Moran, 49, was using the forklift truck to load pallets containing food onto a trailer.

Mr Moran became aware that a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) had begun to reverse towards the loading area, and shouted out. The HGV driver was not able to apply the brakes in time to avoid a serious impact.

What was the outcome?

The accident caused the forklift truck to overturn. Mr Moran was killed instantly.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that HGV drivers regularly reversed in the “Goods Out” area, so as to avoid using the cul-de-sac to turn around.

HSE discovered that AAK UK Ltd had not carried out an adequate risk assessment, and that drivers had not been instructed on safe working procedures.

AAK UK Ltd was found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £140,000, and was ordered to pay £22,657 in costs.

HSE Inspector Deborah Walker commented:

“Neither Mr Moran nor the lorry driver had any way of knowing they were
both about to start operating their vehicles, and sadly
Mr Moran did not have time to get out of the
way when the HGV began to reverse.

“Following the incident, the company created a no-parking zone along the
‘Goods Out’ area by Davy Road which means there is now space for
forklift truck drivers to load trailers without having
to come out into the road. The firm also set
up a booking-in system for vehicles
delivering to the factory.”

If you have been affected by an injury at work, and you would like expert advice, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email

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