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Dorset manufacturing firm fined after worker injured

A Dorset manufacturing firm was today fined after a lorry delivery driver was run over by a fork lift truck, reports the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Kelvin Davey, 61, from Verwood, Dorset, had both his ankles and lower legs broken when the fork lift truck reversed into him at Verplas Ltd's Dorset site on 9 March 2010.

Bournemouth Magistrates' Court heard that there was not enough separation of the work area used by both pedestrians and fork lift trucks at the premises.

Although Mr Davey has now returned to work at the company, which manufactures ventilation accessories for the white goods industry, his injuries were initially thought to be severe enough to have ended his career.

Verplas Ltd of Unit 7, Verwood Industrial Estate, Blackhill, Verwood, Dorset, pleaded guilty to Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and were fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,407.

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