A manufacturing company based in Derbyshire has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee suffered serious personal injury in a forklift truck accident.
Fifty year old Andrew Baxter, from Eckington, was working for Vesuvius UK Ltd, at their factory in Chesterfield and was attempting to unload a twenty foot container using a forklift truck and a mobile ramp.
Unfortunately the mobile ramp and the lorry bed became separated, causing the forklift to fall to the ground, resulting in Mr. Baxter suffering a crushed disc and fractured back which left him hospitalised for eight days and kept him away from work for nine months.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that the company had not carried out an adequate risk assessment of the loading and unloading activities at the plant.
Vesuvius UK Limited, of Midland Way, in Central Park, Barlborough, Derbyshire, was fined £24,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £4,815, after admitting a breach of both the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations, at Chesterfield Magistrates Court.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector stated that the company had failed to assess the potential dangers of using the mobile ramps during loading and unloading, which had resulted in an employee being severely injured.