Bracknell firm fined after warehouse worker run over by forklift truck

A company has been hit with a GBP60,000 fine after staff member was run over with a forklift truck. The member of staff at the warehouse of Jubilee Building Supplies Ltd had to be taken to hospital after his ankle was ran over during the incident in John Nike Way in Binfield. He suffered damage to his ankle ligaments and heel during the incident, which happened at around 7am on the morning in July 2016.

It was later revealed the driver who caused the accident had only been given training 17 days that the company had been previously warned about its forklift training processes. The company in Binfield admitted three offences under the Heath and Safety At Work Act 1974.

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It admitted the main offence under Section 2 of the act plus two additional charges that reflected various failures including failing to provide suitable traffic routes for people and vehicles and failing to ensure that all persons who use work equipment received adequate training particularly for when using forklift trucks. District Judge Lachhar sitting at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court slapped a GBP60,000 fine on the company, as well as a victim surcharge of GBP170.

It will also pay the Public Protection Partnership’s GBP10,572 costs for the investigation and prosecution. Councillor John Harrison, Executive Member for Public Protection at Bracknell Forest Council 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. 

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“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 by calling (01635) 519192 or  email  ehadvice@westberks.gov.uk .

We will deal with your report confidentially.”

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