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Farming company fined after forklift accident

6th January 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Nicole Stephens

A business has been ordered to pay over £200,000 following a forklift accident. Peter Barney of Broadgate, Weston, was hit by the vehicle while walking from his car to a potato grading shed.

Mr Barney was hit and crushed by the forklift, which was being driven in the same area as pedestrians were moving around the site.

The company had carried out a risk assessment in 2003 that had highlighted the need to separate pedestrians and vehicles, but the company had taken few steps towards doing this.

Lincolnshire Field Products Ltd, of Wool Hall Farm, Spalding, pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £165,000 and ordered to pay £39,500 in costs.

Neil Ward, an inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, said: “Employees on foot were using the same doorway as the forklift truck, which meant there was a significant risk of them being struck. The company should have managed the yard so that people and vehicles were not sharing the same space.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801678970-ADNFCR


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