22 September 2008
Serious worker injury costs firm £25k
A firm has been made to pay more than £25,000 after one of its workers suffered a serious injury.
NYK Logistics - a global firm with operations throughout Europe, Asia and America - pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations in relation to the incident and was issued a fine of £20,000, plus costs of £5,941 during a hearing at Derby crown court.
In March 2004, administrative worker Lisa Ramos was transporting paperwork across a warehouse when she was struck by a forklift truck.
The vehicle, which weighed 2.5 tonnes, was reversing out of a loading bay when the accident happened.
Ms Ramos, who is 32 years old, needed a leg amputation below the knee as a result of the severity of the damage she sustained.
"Employers must ensure that workplaces are organised so pedestrians and vehicles can move around the workplace safely," warned Health and Safety Executive inspector Andrew Turner.