A farming company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee was involved in a collision with a forklift truck.
Forty five year old Algis Jevsejevas, an agency worker living in Kings Lynn, was sent to get more box labels from a potato grading shed but as he walked across the shed floor he was hit by the reversing forklift.
An investigation into the incident by the HSE revealed that his employer CW Dobbs and Son’s, of Home Farm, Hollands Chase, in West Pinchbeck, Spalding, had failed to make sure that workers on foot and those in vehicles were adequately segregated.
CW Dobbs and Son’s Ltd was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £2,588 after admitting a breach of the Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations, following an appearance at Spalding Magistrates’ Court.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector called the incident ‘totally preventable’, adding that CW Dobbs and Son’s had since moved the labels to a different part of the potato grading shed, so that employees didn’t have to walk from one end of the shed to the other, which proves that preventative safety measures can be both simple and inexpensive.
Since his accident, Mr. Jevsejevas has returned back to his home country of Lithuania.