13 August 2007
Food manufacturer fined
A north Wales food manufacturer has been fined after two of its employees were injured by forklift trucks in the same month, the Work Place Law Network reports.
Pan Krisp pleaded guilty in Wrexham Magistrates Court to two breaches of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £25,000 plus £8,696 costs.
The employees involved in the case were Percy Vaughan Guest, whose legs were both broken when he was run over by a truck and Patrick Brindley who was injured when a truck he was operating fell down a gap.
Health and Safety Executive inspector Stephen Window commented: "Incidents with forklift trucks are far too common and they invariably result in serious injury.
"Where possible, pedestrians should be segregated from vehicles to minimise the risk of the two coming into contact and drivers need to be trained - and if necessary regularly re-trained - on safe operation within workplaces."
Both of the incidents in question occurred in July 2005.
According to the Health and Safety Commission, 28,605 non-fatal injuries were sustained by employees in Britain during 2005-06.