The accident happened at Royal Mail's bundling centre in Rochester, Kent, on 7 March 2014, when a worker stepped out into an aisle and his foot was crushed by the truck. He was not wearing steel-capped safety boots and sustained broken bones.
Pedestrians and vehicles operated in the warehouse without segregation. The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) investigation found that the workplace transport was not organised to ensure that both could circulate safely.
At Medway Magistrates Court, Royal Mail Group pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, which covers the organisation of traffic routes, and Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, which requires employer risk assessments.