Bracknell firm fined £60000 after worker run over by a forklift truck

A BUILDING company has been slapped with a hefty GBP60,000 fine after a member of staff was run over by forklift. An employee from Jubilee Building Supplies Ltd had to be taken to hospital after his ankle was ran over by the heavy machinery in the warehouse in John Nike Way, Binfield. The man suffered serious injuries, damaging his ankle ligaments and heel after another member of staff accidentaly ran over his ankle on July 8, 2016.

The Bracknell company appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates Courts after it was revealed the victim had only received forklift training 17 days after the ordeal. District Judge Lachhar sitting at the court imposed a GBP60,000 fine on the company and ordered them to pay a victim surcharge of GBP170, plus the Public Protection Partnership’s (PPP) investigation prosecution costs of GBP10,572. The warehouse company pleaded to the main offence under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 as well as two additional charges reflecting various failures to provide suitable traffic routes for people and vehicles and failing to ensure staff received adequate training when using forklift trucks.

Councillor John Harrison, executive member for Bracknell Forest, said: “During the investigation it was revealed the driver was only provided with forklift training by a recognised training provider 17 days after the accident. “Also the paint marking pedestrian routes in the warehouse had grown faint. “On reviewing the company’s history in the PPP’s records the business had been warned previously about the training process for forklift truck drivers and deficiencies in the demarcation of pedestrian routes.

“If you are concerned about the way a business is operating and feel there might be a risk of an accident occurring please get in touch with us on 01635 519192 or at ehadvice@westberks.gov.uk.

We will deal with your report confidentially.”

You may also like...