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UK HSE: employee foot crushed by forklift at maritime freight logistics company

What happened?

The UK Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted a maritime freight and logistics company after a worker suffered multiple bone fractures to his foot when a forklift truck was driven over it. The worker was injured when a 15 tonne forklift truck drove over his foot during unloading and stacking of steel coils in a shed at premises in South Wales.

What were the causes? What went wrong?

HSE investigation found that there was inadequate control of workplace transport risks. The company had also failed to conduct a suitable and sufficient assessment of controls for workplace transport.

The HSE inspector said “Failure to ensure that workplace transport is managed safely is a serious breach of fundamental health and safety duties.”

See the press release here.

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Published: 23 October 2020
Download: IMCA SF 30/20

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