Worker suffered multiple leg fractures when a bundle of steels fell from a forklift truck

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A worker suffered multiple leg fractures when a bundle of steels fell from a forklift truck while they were being moved.

Lemon Groundwork Solutions of Wickford, Essex, was fined £100,000 with £6,253 costs at Chelmsford Magistrates Court after admitting health and safety breaches in December 2016.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found the company did not have a safe system of work in place to avoid this kind of incident.

  • Workstations were not separated from vehicle routes
  • Lifting accessories were not provided to reduce the risk of the rebar slipping from the forks
  • Forklift truck drivers were not provided with site-specific and load-specific training.

Afterwards, HSE inspector Nikki Hughes said, “This incident could easily have been avoided by the implementation of affordable control measures, such as a lifting accessory being used on the forklift truck.

“Handling and moving rebar is a well-recognised industry risk, which the company failed to identify and manage, despite the activity occurring frequently during a working day. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”