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The accident happened on Glynwed Pipe Systems' (GPS) site in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
Cambridge Crown Court was told that Gareth Wilson, an employee of haulage firm Mark Doel Transport, was in the yard when the forklift loaded with large coils hit him.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found GPS had failed to properly manage workplace transport in the yard where workers and the public were exposed to the risk of being hit.
It also had no safe system of work for onsite vehicles, the HSE said.
GPS, which produces plastic and composite piping systems for the water, gas, offshore oil and gas, power and renewables sectors, pleaded guilty to breaching ss 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined on 7 March and ordered to pay costs of almost £28,000.
After the hearing HSE inspector Roxanne Barker said: "The HSE investigation found the yard was not organised to allow safe circulation of people and traffic as appropriate routes were not identified and therefore insufficient in number."
Sean Gilbert, whose 25 years at 3M’s Atherstone plant in Warwickshire include ten as a lift truck driver, was handed the award in January for “demonstrating exceptional commitment to improving site safety for everyone working with or alongside forklift trucks”. Gilbert was promoted to the company’s national Health and Safety Group in February 2017 after working in the plant’s warehouse for a decade and used his experience on the shop floor to develop and deliver training on pedestrian safety from the driver’s point of view.
ERIKS Industrial Services, which manufactures bearings and transmission and flow control systems, had failed to carry out a detailed risk assessment of its use of vehicle loading ramps.A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the agency worker was unchaining a vehicle ramp from a delivery lorry on 14 December 2015 when the incident happened. The lorry moved forward with a chain still attached to the ramp, crushing the worker between the ramp and a barrier.
The WSH Institute and MoM reported 42 workplace fatalities in 2017, down from 66 in 2016, which is the equivalent of a fatal injury rate of 1.2 per 100,000 workers. The latest figure shows Singapore has met the WSH2018 target of a workplace fatality rate of less than 1.8 by 2018.The government agencies said it was a “significant improvement after fatal injury rates stagnated at 1.9 per 100,000 employed persons in 2015 and 2016”.
Passenger suitcases were being unloaded from a commercial aircraft and lifted on to a flatbed truck before being driven to the terminal building at London Luton Airport in June 2015. The baggage handlers, who were Swissport employees and agency workers, stacked the suitcases above the height restriction marked on the truck cab’s rear window, obstructing the driver’s view.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is reminding those responsible for the safety of high-rise residential buildings in England have six months from April to register with the new Building Safety Regulator by law.
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IOSH magazine spoke to HSE inspector Bill Gilroy about a serious accident at a Nestlé factory in Newcastle – an almost carbon copy of a previous incident at another of the confectionary firm’s factories.
Birch Brothers (Kidderminster) Ltd was the principal contractor on a construction project in Derbyshire that was building a concrete overflow weir structure on the site. The Midlands firm had brought in steel fixers and joiners to undertake the work.