09 November 2007
Firm fined after boy dies
A port based in Essex has been fined following an incident in which a boy died.
Port of Tilbury London, one of 80 operational terminals in the London area, was ordered to pay £100,000 plus £157,000 in costs at Croydon Crown Court after pleading guilty to health and safety breaches.
The accident occurred in 2003 when a member of staff at the port took his son with him to work. While on site, the boy was offered a ride on a forklift truck, which, during the journey, collided with another truck.
After being thrown on to the ground, the six-year-old was crushed by a three-quarter tonne paper reel, which had rolled off the second truck due to it not having been secured.
Health and Safety Executive inspector Eddie Scoggins commented: "I hope this tragic incident makes it clear to employers that they need to take positive steps to identify the risks in their workplaces and manage them."