Collier Industrial Waste Ltd fined over forklift accident

A Greater Manchester company has been fined £20,000 after a worker suffered life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a 35-tonne forklift truck.

The 60-year-old, from Wirral, suffered organ damage and broken bones in the incident at Collier Industrial Waste Limited in January 2010.

He was in hospital for several months and has permanent injuries.

The firm admitted breaching Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

It was also ordered to pay £9,410 in prosecution costs at Trafford Magistrates' Court.

'Entirely preventable'

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said its investigation found the company did not have sufficient systems in place to protect workers from reversing vehicles on the site.

This could have included having marked walkways, a one-way system or making sure any reversing vehicles were guided by another worker on the ground.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Daniel Longdon, said: "This was an entirely preventable incident which could have cost one of Collier's employees his life.

"There were several systems the company could have introduced to make sure workers were not put at risk by moving vehicles. Most of these would have been simple and inexpensive.

"If another worker had stood on the ground to guide the forklift truck as it reserved then this incident could have been avoided."

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