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Foundry worker’s leg broken in forklift collision

A cast iron bar manufacturer that neglected the risks to pedestrians from moving workplace transport has been fined £100,000 after an employee was struck by a forklift truck.

Foundry worker’s leg broken in forklift collision
The company was sentenced at Chesterfield Magistrates' Court | Image credit: ©Chris Morgan (cc-by-sa/2.0)

The accident happened at United Cast Bar (UK)’s factory in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, on 17 January. 

The employee was in the holding bay carrying out checks on the bars when he was hit by a forklift and sustained a fractured leg. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to risk assess the mix of vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the holding bay area. “The measures employed after the accident by the company demonstrated that there were reasonably practicable measures that could have prevented the accident,” it said. 

United Cast Bar, which produces continuous cast iron for industries including oil and gas, automotive, hydraulics and pneumatics, and glass manufacture, pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined and ordered to pay costs of £1,439. 

Its latest full-year accounts filed with Companies House show the company’s 2017 turnover of £23.8m was 21% up on the previous year. 

After the hearing HSE inspector David Keane said: “Companies can prevent accidents between pedestrians and forklift trucks by identifying the potential risks and implementing simple safety measures to segregate vehicles and pedestrians.” 

To learn more about protecting forklift drivers and pedestrians, visit www.ioshmagazine.com/article/driver-safety-special-marginal-notes 

 

 

Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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