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Foam manufacturer fined £60k for tanker and forklift truck collision

A Derbyshire polyurethane foam manufacturer has been prosecuted after a tanker collided at low speed with a forklift truck at the company’s site in Glossop.


The Health and Safety Executive investigation found that the visiting tanker was reversing into Carpenter’s discharge bay on Dinting Lodge Industrial Estate on 23 June 2017 when the collision took place. No workers were injured.

The company, which “has been providing comfort for over 50 years” as a manufacturer of polyurethane foam, processed polyester fibre for products including carpet underlay, pillows and mattress toppers, failed to segregate reversing vehicles from other moving vehicles and pedestrians. It also failed to follow its own site rules, which said reversing manoeuvres should be supervised.  

Carpenter pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act in Manchester Magistrates’ Court on 27 September. The company must pay £60,000 and £1,302 costs.



Nic Warburton is acting editor, IOSH Magazine

 Nick Warburton is acting editor of IOSH Magazine. He is a former editor of SHP and has also worked on Local Authority Waste and Recycling and Environmental Health Practitioner

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