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Man Fined after Fork Lift Truck Accident

A man has been fined thousands of pounds after a fork lift truck accident left a colleague with a broken leg.

Jonathan Holmes was just 17 at the time of the incident which caused him the devastating injury. He was working for a now bankrupt marine engineering firm and was attempting to clear the workshop of clutter.

Jonathan was loading a fork lift truck driven by general manager Anthony Baillie when a metal plate fell and crushed his leg. The metal plate reportedly weighed over half a ton, and the apprentice was trying to steady the plate for his colleague. The truck had been fitted with a makeshift extension to its forks which made it unsafe to carry loads.

Jonathan was awarded £3,700 in compensation after having to spend a total of four weeks in a plaster cast to help his leg recover.

At the Magistrates’ Court, Mr Baillie admitted to breaking Health and Safety regulations in regards to failing to discharge his duty. The Court added that it was only luck that a serious accident had not happened sooner. He was fined £2,500 and made to pay legal costs of £1,000.

Mr Baillie had shown much regret at the events which caused the accident, but the Health and Safety Executive decided to bring the prosecution against him.

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