Case highlights importance of safety for workplace transport
Posted by Nicole Stevens
Complying with health and safety by implementing proper safety signs in the workplace is an important part of a company's responsibilities to staff, as a recent case has highlighted.
A worker broke his leg after he was hit by a forklift truck while working at Surya rice Limited, Colchester Magistrates Court heard.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the workplace did not have adequately segregated routes separating pedestrians and vehicles, and that the area the worker was in was "inherently unsafe".
The company received a fine of £9,000 and was also ordered to pay £3,214 in costs.
Toni Drury, HSE inspector, said: "This incident could and should have been prevented.
"Workplace transport is a priority area for health and safety and the danger to workers being hit by vehicles is obvious.
"If workplaces are correctly designed then the chances of someone being injured like this are greatly reduced."
Health and safety signs around the workplace could have made designated areas for vehicles and workers more clear and prevented an accident like this from happening.
For companies who need guidance on the best places to place safety signage in the workplace, a new website called the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) helps businesses to find a safety consultant.
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