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Firm fined after forklift accident

6th December 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

An international manufacturer of adhesives has been prosecuted after an accident involving a forklift occurred.

Andrew Davies, of Oldbury, was performing work involving a forklift in the transport yard of Mapei UK Limited’s Steel Park Road base.

A lorry driver reversed an 18-tonne rigid-back truck in order to give another driver access to the loading yard. In doing so, he trapped Mr Davies and impaled him on the forklift.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that Maipei had not adequately separated vehicles and pedestrians in its transport yard.

The yard was open, with no walkways, markings or warning signs to direct traffic and pedestrians. The HSE discovered that Mapei UK Ltd considered the transport area to be a low-risk zone.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act and was fined a total of £173,332, along with costs that are yet to be determined.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801669652-ADNFCR


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