A worker at a Warrington recycling company suffered serious personal injury after being hit by a forklift truck, despite the company being given safety advice four months earlier.
The forty three year old employee, who has not been named, was walking through the warehouse at the recycling plant in Latchford, when he was struck by the forklift which was transporting a bale of crushed aluminium cans.
Warrington Magistrates’ Court was told that the worker suffered injuries to his feet and ankles in the accident, which happened just four months after the company was given advice by Health and Safety inspectors, on how best to segregate pedestrians from vehicles.
Novelis UK Ltd was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £3,365 after admitting a breach of Health and Safety regulations, following a successful prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Speaking after the court hearing, a HSE inspector stated that Novelis had received warnings both from the HSE and its own employees about the way forklifts and pedestrians interacted in the warehouse but had failed to take any action.
He added that Novelis had made significant safety improvements since the accident but it was unfortunate that an employee had to be injured before anything was done.