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Worker crushed under car after forklift failure

3rd March 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A vehicle salvage firm from Stalybridge has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a dangerously-unsafe forklift truck failed, dropping a car weighing half a tonne onto a young mechanic.

The 22-year-old employee suffered broken bones in his back and ribs, a fractured pelvis and a partially collapsed lung as a result of the incident.

The HSE found that the forklift was in a dangerous condition, and an annual check on it had not been performed. The lifting chains were rusted and several links were stiff or missing, which caused the incident.

In addition there was a low level of hydraulic oil in the tank, neither the handbrake nor the horn worked, one of the tyres was badly damaged, and there was no seatbelt.

North End Salvage Services Ltd was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £6,000 costs after pleading guilty to single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801699573-ADNFCR


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