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Devon firm fined for worker's fall from forklift

A North Devon farming business has been prosecuted for safety failings after a worker fractured his skull falling from the prong of a forklift truck at an animal feed mill.

Richard Robinson, 64, from Pyworthy, near Holsworthy, was attempting to crush recycled material when the fall occurred at Cr…

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Preston steel firm prosecuted for employee's injuries

A Preston steel firm has appeared in court after a working platform slid off the forks of a forklift truck and struck one of its employees.

The 50-year-old fractured a rib, and suffered muscle and back injuries when he was hit by the heavy metal platform at EDV Reinforcements Ltd. on the Redscar …

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Suffolk mushroom grower prosecuted after workers' lives put at risk

A company has been fined after a visit by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors found dangerous conditions in a factory on an industrial estate near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Suffolk Mushrooms Limited was also housing 37 employees in a disused office block with a potentially unsafe gas boi…

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Workers' injuries lead to fines for two Derbyshire companies

Two companies have been fined following separate incidents at a Derbyshire lead smelting works.

Both incidents happened at HJ Enthoven Ltd in South Darley, near Matlock. The first happened on 19 August 2009 when an employee suffered severe burns following an explosion at the site.

The 43-year-…

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Worker's leg amputated following forklift incident

A Cardiff-based cargo company has been fined after a lorry driver had part of his leg amputated after being struck by a reversing forklift truck.

Robert Deverell, from Risca in Caerphilly was at the Cardiff Docks premises of Cargo Services (UK) Limited, as his lorry was being loaded with 18m stee…

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Mersey shipbuilding firm sentenced over welder death

A Merseyside shipbuilding firm has been fined £120,000 over the death of a welder who became trapped while driving a forklift truck.

Robert Dunroe suffered life-threatening injuries while using the truck to transport heavy welding equipment at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead on 18 August 2010. He di…

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Worker's fall leads to fine for food company

A partner in a Leicester food company has been fined after an employee fell around two metres while unloading a shipping container attached to the back of an HGV.

Jaisukh Chandarana asked an 18-year-old worker to unload barrels, stored in layers with plywood separating each layer, from the contai…

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Futon firm prosecuted after worker falls through fragile roof light

A Tottenham Hale futon manufacturer has been prosecuted after a worker fell through a fragile rooflight during poorly-managed maintenance work.

The Futon Limited employee fractured his spinal column and suffered a collapsed lung as a result of the fall at the company’s Cannon Factory, on Ashley R…

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Fife company fined after lathe crushes worker's leg

A Fife engineering company has been fined £10,000 after a lathe weighing more than a tonne toppled onto a worker’s leg.

Craig Stewart, 21, worked for AG Brown Ltd, a metal fabrication company which specialises in making stairs and other metal products for the oil and gas industries and general…

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Hampshire firm fined over death of delivery driver

A Hampshire lift manufacturer has been prosecuted after a lorry driver was killed while delivering goods to its factory in Romsey.

Adam Millichip, 27, from Tenbury Wells, was working for a Worcester-based haulage company and was delivering pallets of sheet steel to Wessex Lift Co Limited in Hamps…

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Lichfield firm fined after worker's neck broken

Palletways (UK) Ltd. has been fined after a forklift driver broke his neck when a computer cabinet he was loading onto a trailer fell on him.

Barry Hill, 60, was operating the truck at Palletways (UK) Ltd, Fradley Distribution Park, when he noticed that one of the cabinets was rocking on the for…

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Fork lift fall leads to prosecution for Derbyshire company

fork lift truckVesuvius UK Limited has been fined after a forklift truck driver fell from a ramp whilst unloading a lorry.

Andrew Baxter, 50, from Eckington was unloading a 20ft container at Vesuvius UK Limited's Sheepbridge Works in Chesterfield on 15 February 2010.

Mr Baxter was using a forklift truck and …

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Firms fined £100k over forklift death at Macclesfield factory

Two companies have been fined a total of £100,000 following the death of a maintenance worker who fell from the forks of a forklift truck at a Macclesfield factory.

Martin Denton, 60, was being lifted in a metal container, known as a stillage, on 10 June 2006 when it slipped off and he fell appr…

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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…

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Maine worker injured by exploding forklift tyre

Colleagues say that a Bath Iron Works maintenance worker, who was injured around 1pm on Monday afternoon while changing a tyre, made it through surgery and is in stable condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The Kennebec Journal has further details...

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Middlesbrough firm fined after worker hurt by 600kg bag of fertiliser

Fertiliser Solutions Ltd. has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when a 600kg bag of ammonium nitrate fell on him.

Robert Dearlove, 32, was part of a team clearing up a spillage after several bags of ammonium nitrate fell from a stack at a warehouse in Middlesbrough.

The Health an…

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Livingston construction supply company fined for workers forklift injuries

SIG Trading Limited has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he was run over twice by a forklift truck.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard a SIG Trading Ltd forklift driver was moving a large metal coil with a forklift truck inside the company's warehouse on Houston Industrial Estate…

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Forklift guidance

forklift_imageFollowing news of a man being killed in a forklift incident, it's worth pointing out that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides valuable advice for anyone making use of forklift trucks in the workplace.

The HSE's free-to-download guidance 'Safety in working with lift trucks' states that…

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Meat plant worker killed by forklift

Vion Food Scotland Ltd. has been fined £100,000 after a worker was killed when he was hit by a forklift truck so badly loaded its driver could not see him.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that George Hardie, 60, was walking across the yard at the company premises in West Lothian, o…

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Sheffield crane driver's death exposes safety flaws

A Sheffield crane driver died from massive crush injuries just weeks before he was due to become a father, a court was told yesterday.

Alan Winters, 28, was killed when he and colleagues attempted to unload a four-ton crate from a shipping container at the DavyMarkham Ltd factory in Darnall, Shef…

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