Failure to segregate pedestrians and forklifts lands Bakkavor subsidiary with £176k penalty
Tuesday 26th June 2018
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The worker was unloading empty food trays when the accident happened on 22 March 2016.
Falkirk Sheriff Court was told that a forklift driver hit a stack of empty trays, which toppled on to the worker. He hit his head as he fell over and died from his injuries two weeks later.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Bakkavor Foods had failed to provide enough clearance between pedestrians and workplace vehicles.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £176,000.
HSE inspector Stuart Easson said: "This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident caused by the failure of the host company to implement safe systems of work. This risk was further amplified by the company's failure to undertake safety measures including segregating vehicles and employees."
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