LE Jones Ltd fined after Ruthin worker's forklift fall

A Denbighshire haulage company has been ordered to pay nearly £20,000 after a worker fell from an "improvised" platform and fractured both his heels.

Llandudno magistrates heard how the man fell two metres (nearly 7ft) while standing on a pallet raised by a forklift at LE Jones Ltd, Ruthin.

The company admitted breaching Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £15,000 with £4,041 in costs.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the fine sent a "strong signal".

The court heard how the worker had been asked to repair a tear in a lorry trailer unit in February 2011.

After the work, a colleague tried to lower him down but the forklift lurched backwards.

The HSE, which brought the prosecution, said the work had not been properly planned.

HSE inspector, Dave Wynne, said: "This entirely preventable incident could have caused much more serious or even life-changing injuries.

"This prosecution should send a strong signal to all companies that improvised work platforms are not acceptable in the modern workplace and HSE will take action where ineffectual monitoring and supervision leads to any incident."

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