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Worker injured in fall from forklift

10th January 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

A simple cleaning job ended in injury when an employee of Kemlows Die Casting Products Ltd fell three metres onto concrete. The man injured his knee, and was unable to return to work for two months.

The employee was cleaning light fittings that were high off the ground. In order to do this, he had entered a goods stillage. This is a cage-like object that is not designed to be lifted by a forklift, yet that was exactly how the employee used the stillage to reach the lights.

It was not secured to the forklift, and fell onto the concrete with the worker inside, causing the injury. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection found that Kemlows regularly used this method of reaching high objects.

The firm pleaded guilty to breaching both the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. It was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £3,500 costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801680888-ADNFCR


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