Worker was injured by a fork lift truck

What happened?

A worker was struck by a reversing fork lift truck which resulted in him fracturing his pelvis.  His employer was prosecuted by the UK Health & Safety Executive (UK HSE) and fined.  See the press release on the UK HSE website.

What went wrong?  What were the causes?

Investigation by the UK HSE found that the company had:

  • Failed to consider the risk created by vehicles and pedestrians operating in the same area;
  • Failed to implement a traffic management plan to ensure workers and vehicles were adequately segregated;
  • Failed to install physical barriers to clearly segregate pedestrians and vehicles.

An HSE inspector said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.”