Two firms have been fined after a worker was struck on the head by the fork of a forklift truck.
Jim McGowan was seriously injured in the accident which happened back in December 2010. He was employed by MD Engineering Services (UK) Ltd at the time.
The engineering firm had been given a contract to undertake work on the premises of another company, SAICA Pack UK Ltd. This work involved removing no longer used machinery from the company’s premises.
The accident happened when Mr McGowan and a colleague were trying to remove machinery from a mezzanine floor. Mr McGowan was bent over ready to attach a sling to the forks of the truck that was being controlled by his colleague. However, as the forks were being raised they had become caught on the bracket of the gate to the mezzanine.
The colleague, unaware the forks were caught, continued to raise them. The force of this sheared the bracket and caused the fork to spring up and strike Mr McGowan on the head. He suffered a fractured skull and a fractured eye socket in the accident.
This month, both companies were in court in regards to the incident. MD Engineering Services (UK) Ltd admitted to breaking health and safety law, as the HSE found that the work was not properly planned, assessed, and trained for. They were fined £4,000.
SAICA Pack UK Ltd admitted breaking health and safety law, as the HSE found that they failed to ensure that the work was completed by competent people. They were fined £13,000.