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Worker Hit by Forklift Truck at Cardboard Factory

A packaging company has been prosecuted, after an employee suffered leg injuries when he was hit by a reversing forklift truck.

Michael Jones was working for packaging firm Smurfit Kappa, at their plant in Abercarn, Caerphilly, when a reversing forklift struck him as he carried out routine work in a storage area.

Caerphilly Magistrates Court was told that Mr. Jones was checking stock, when the forklift reversed into the storage area to drop off an empty pallet, the driver who was travelling quite slowly at the time, failed to spot Mr. Jones and collided with him.

The factory worker broke his ankle and fractured his heel as a result of the initial collision and suffered longer term health problems, after developing deep vein thrombosis.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that the forklift had a reversing alarm fitted but this could not be heard above the noise coming from the production area, other safety devices such as flashing lights and mirrors had not been fitted to the vehicle.

The HSE investigation concluded that segregation between pedestrians and forklifts was inadequate, despite the company having a transport policy in place.

Smurfit Kappa Corrugated UK Ltd of West Auckland, in County Durham, admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £8,000.

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