A cardboard factory worker was injured when he was struck by a forklift truck at work.
Michael Jones was at work at the factory in Caerphilly when the accident happened in April last year. He was within the production area of the premises carrying out inspections and routine work.
However, nearby a forklift truck slowly reversed out of a storage area carrying an empty pallet. The driver of the truck did not see Mr Jones and ended up colliding with him.
Despite the slow speed of the truck at the point of collision, Mr Jones suffered a serious injury in the incident. He broke bones in his ankle and heel. The injuries also caused him to go on and suffer from deep vein thrombosis, the development of a blood clot.
Mr Jones’ employers at the time – Smurfit Kappa – have been prosecuted for breaking health and safety law in regards to the accident. They were fined £8,000 at Caerphilly Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The Health and Safety Executive had found that there was inadequate separation of pedestrians and vehicles in the production area of the factory. They also found that the reversing alarms on the forklift were not loud enough to be heard over the noise of the factory. The truck was not fitted with other safety features such as mirrors.