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Farm Worker Injured after Falling from Forklift

A farm worker fractured his skull, after suffering a fall from height accident at an animal feed mill in North Devon.

Sixty four year old Richard Robinson, from Pyworthy, was employed by WJ Watkins and Son Ltd and was working at the Cross Mill, in Holsworthy Beacon, on the day of the accident.

Barnstaple Magistrates Court heard that Mr. Robinson had the task of trampling down recycled material, which was contained in large suspended bags. In order to reach the bags workers were lifted into position on the prongs of a forklift truck.

Unfortunately Mr. Robinson suffered a fractured skull, when he fell from the forklift and landed head first on the concrete floor, one and a half metres below.

WJ Watkins and Son Ltd, of Highfield, Holsworthy Beacon, was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £1,226 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Speaking after the court hearing an inspector from the Health and Safety Executive, stated that the company had failed to carry out an adequate risk assessment of the work involved and added that proper planning and supervision of employees working at height was essential.

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