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Poor Forklift Maintenance Leads to Fine for Stone Suppliers

Failure to properly maintain a fork lift truck has resulted in a fine being issued to a stone supply company.

The fine was issued last week at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court to the company, Traditional Slate and Stone Supplies. The company uses large bags (that hold around a tonne weight) to supply their stone in. The bags are lifted and moved around with a forklift truck.

The court heard that in May 2010 the HSE found that the fork lift that was being used, had not been maintained. Two bearing sets on the forks of the truck had collapsed.

The problem meant that the forks could jam when they were being lowered. They could then fall when dislodged, potentially putting workers safety at risk and putting them at risk suffering serious injury.

The HSE discovered that the truck had undergone repairs but no maintenance regime was in place. Work was only done on the machine to fix breakdowns.

The company was fined £2,000 for breaking the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.

A HSE insisted afterwards that work machinery needs to be regularly maintained to ensure that it is safe to use.

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