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Company fined after workers death

11 October 2017

A Hampshire based company J F Goodwillie Ltd has been fined after the death of 48-year old Scott Hooper.

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Hooper, an employee of J F Goodwillie Ltd, was tasked with moving loads of  hard wood on 12 March 2016 at the company’s site in Waterlooville, when the forklift truck (FLT) he was using overturned.

Mr Hooper suffered  injuries as he jumped from the cab of the side loading fork lift truck and later died in hospital on 22 March 2016 due to unforeseen complications.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the loads of hard wood, which Mr Hooper had been tasked to move, weighed over 4,500kg, 500kg more than the maximum load of the FLT used for this task.

It was also found that the risk assessment J F Goodwillie completed in May 2015 failed to identify the risk to FLT operators in the cabin when or if the vehicle overturned.

J F Goodwillie Ltd of The Timber Centre, London Road, Waterlooville pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company has been fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,296.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Michael Baxter said: “Mr Hooper’s death could have been prevented if the company had implemented a safe system of work, when operating FLTs on site.

“J F Goodwillie failed to identify the risks associated with moving heavier loads than recommended, this failing was a contributing factor  in Mr Hooper’s death. All duty holders have a duty of care to their employees which would allow them to work safely and go home healthy, J F Goodwillie failed in this case with tragic consequences.”

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