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South east London company fined after skip move failure

11th October 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A company in south east London has been fined after it committed failures when moving a skip.

The operator of the forklift escaped injury during the incident at Midland Steel Reinforcement Supplies on September 13th 2011, with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) finding a number of failings.

The firm was fined a total of £17,500 and ordered to pay £11,000 in costs after pleading guilty to two separate breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

HSE inspector Maria Strangward said: "The onus is on employers like Midland Steel Reinforcement Supplies to ensure operations are properly planned, managed and supervised, and that adequate training, instruction and equipment is provided at all times to protect workers."

She went on to say the forklift truck should never have been used to lift the skip, as the method posed a clear risk to members of staff.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801648494-ADNFCR


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