Forklift Injures Pedestrian, Company Fined

A Dorset U.K. manufacturing firm was today fined after a lorry delivery driver was run over by a forklift truck.

Kelvin Davey, 61, from Verwood, Dorset, had both his ankles and lower legs broken when the fork lift truck reversed into him at Verplas Ltd’s Dorset site on 9 March 2010.

Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court heard that there was not enough separation of the work area used by both pedestrians and forklift trucks at the premises.

Although Mr Davey has now returned to work at the company, which manufactures ventilation accessories for the white goods industry, his injuries were initially thought to be severe enough to have ended his career.

“Even though Mr Davey was very experienced, this potentially career-ending injury still occurred,” commented Health and Safety (HSE) Inspector Ian Smart. “The message is that if firms have limited space they still have to organise their operation so that they don’t have conflicting activities going on in the same place. Pedestrians and fork lift trucks don’t mix.”

Verplas Ltd of Unit 7, Verwood Industrial Estate, Blackhill, Verwood, Dorset, pleaded guilty to Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and were fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,407.

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