A North West manufacturing company has been fined after an employee was struck by a fork lift truck in Chester.
Liverpool Magistrates Court heard that Encirc Ltd, a producer of glass bottles for the drinks industry had failed to take effective measures to ensure its workers were correctly segregated from fork lift trucks.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was launched after an employee collided with a fork lift truck on Ash Road, Elton, which resulted in him breaking his arm.
The inquiry, following the incident on 14 December 2015, also found that the clarity of segregation was well below the standards expected.
The company had a poor system of work which was not enforced for the workers who were most exposed to the risk.
The court was told that the company had been served with an Improvement Notice (IN) in 2007 for poor segregation in the yard and warehouse areas. There had also been another incident involving an FLT in 2008 when an employee was injured.
Encirc Ltd of Enniskillen, Fermanagh pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 17 of The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations and was fined £500,000 with £7,290 costs.
HSE inspector Jane Carrol said “Poor segregation leads to accidents. There was a failure to properly plan work and this accident highlights the risks that are involved. Incidents relating to work place transport can be avoided if effective measures are taken.”
Notes to Editors:
1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 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. www.hse.gov.uk
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