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London chemicals company in court after worker injury

3rd April 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A London-based chemicals company has been prosecuted following an incident where a worker was run over by a forklift truck.

As a result of this, the 59-year-old from Essex had to have part of his leg amputated. He was hit as he carried out maintenance on a drain cover at Nuplex Resins in North Woolwich Road, Newham on August 3rd.

Nuplex Resins Ltd was fined a total of £20,000 and told to pay £3,139 in costs after pleading guilty to single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

HSE Inspector Stephen Farthing said: "The serious injuries the worker sustained could have been avoided. It would have been relatively easy for Nuplex Resins to close the road down for the 15-minute period that was needed to seal the drain cover."

Mr Farthing explained that employers need to ensure they analyse the movement of vehicles and segregate pedestrians where possible.


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