05 June 2008
Employee death leads to prosecution of firm
A firm has been prosecuted after an incident in which one of its workers lost his life.
The accident happened in January 2005 when a 60-year-old employee was crushed.
A forklift truck had been rounding a corner when its driver performed an emergency stop in order to avoid hitting another staff member.
As a result of the sudden braking, a steel coil situated on the forks became dislodged and fell on top of the man, pinning him to the ground.
The worker later died from his injuries in hospital.
IP, a firm which is located in Anixter House, Uxbridge, was issued a fine of £50,000 and ordered to pay £6,000 in costs during a hearing at Leeds crown court after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety regulations.
"Risk assessments had not been carried out and there was no system to adequately separate pedestrians and vehicles on the site," stated Health and Safety Executive inspector Geoff Fletcher.