The owner of a fencing business has been prosecuted after a member of the public was injured at the company’s premises.
George Hallas was visiting Acorn Fencing in Whittington Hill to buy fencing materials. Chesterfield Justice Centre heard how Mr Hallas was moving the materials when an Acorn employee driving a fork lift truck reversed into him.
As a result of the incident, Mr Hallas sustained fractures to his ankles, feet and legs.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the incident and found the owner of Acorn Fencing to be at fault for the accident. Michael James Bend had failed to put a safe system of work in place which adequately segregated vehicles and pedestrians.
Sentencing and fines
Michael James Bend, of Tapton View Road, Chesterfield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The business owner was fined £3,032 and ordered to pay costs of £1,627.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Martin Waring said:
“This incident could have been prevented had Mr Bend implemented a safe system of work and properly informed his employees.”
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Source: Health & Safety Executive