Importance of warning signs when operating vehicles highlighted
Posted by Ben Alexander.
Firms can use warning signs to help them properly and safely manage the use of vehicles on workshop floors.
Recently, a recycling firm was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an 18-year-old was pinned to the ground by a forklift truck in March last year.
Nuneaton Magistrates' Court heard that the employee of Intelligent Recycling, who was three weeks into his first proper job since leaving education, was using the forklift to unload a vehicle when it overturned and landed on of him.
He broke his left lower leg, dislocated his left ankle and had his left elbow broken, crushed and dislocated. He is no longer able to straighten his arm fully.
The employee had received no formal training on operating a forklift truck and no induction training and a subsequent HSE investigation found other employees also had been given no training.
It is important that in places where people and moving vehicles mix health and safety is effectively managed – making health and safety signage imperative.
Intelligent was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £2,832 costs after being found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 22 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Michelle Morrison said: "This was an entirely preventable incident which caused serious injuries to an employee in his first job."
Forklift trucks are involved in nearly a quarter of all workplace transport accidents, often because of poor supervision and inadequate training, according to the HSE.
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