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Cast iron manufacturer fined after worker struck by forklift truck

A Chesterfield based company that manufactures cast iron bars has been fined after one of its employees suffered a fractured leg after being struck by a forklift truck.

Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard that on 17 January 2018 at United Cast Bar (UK) Ltd, Spital Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, the employee was working in an area called the holding bay to undertake checks on the cast iron bars that are produced in the factory. After speaking with a forklift truck driver, he moved away from the vehicle. As the forklift manoeuvred away it collided with him. As a result of the accident he suffered a fracture to his lower leg.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to identify through risk assessment there was potential for vehicle and pedestrian collision in the holding bay area. The company did not implement any control measures in the holding bay area, the accident occurred as a result of these failings. The measures employed after the accident by the company demonstrated that there were reasonably practicable measures that could have prevented the accident.

United Cast Bar (UK) Ltd pleaded to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,439.17.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector David Keane said: “Companies can prevent accidents between pedestrians and fork lift trucks by identifying the potential risks and implementing simple safety measures to segregate vehicles and pedestrians”.

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain's national regulator for workplace health and safety. We seek to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise.
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Updated: 2018-12-11