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Liverpool Skip Hire firm fined over fork lift truck injuries

Date:
5 May 2015

Liverpool firm, Waste Away Skip Hire (Liverpool) Ltd and its Director, Leanne Koo, pleaded guilty to safety failings at South Sefton Magistrates Court on Tuesday 5 May 2015.

On 16 April 2013, a full time employee of Waste Away Skip Hire (Liverpool) Ltd, was struck by a reversing fork lift truck and dragged under a rear wheel whilst he was picking through waste materials causing severe crush injuries to his leg and chest.

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. The fork lift truck did not have any audible warning siren or beacon for reversing or wing mirrors and the rear window of the machine was dirty except for the area covered by wipers. The truck had not been subject to a thorough examination by a competent person as per the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 within the previous 12 months.

The employee suffered serious injuries including broken ribs, a snapped pelvis, a punctured lung and the removal of his spleen as a result of the accident.

Waste Away Skip Hire (Liverpool) Limited of Canada Dock Railway Sidings, Regent Road, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £14,000 plus £1791.50 costs and a victim surcharge of £120.

Leanne Koo, Director of the company, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £1,000 plus £387.50 costs and a victim surcharge of £120.

More information about maintaining machinery safely can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport/index.htm.

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. hse.gov.uk
  2. Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”
  3. Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states: “Where an offence under any of the relevant statutory provisions committed by a body corporate is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to have been attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate or a person who was purporting to act in any such capacity, he as well as the body corporate shall be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.”
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