Worker crushed by a forklift truck

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Safety breaches which led to a worker being crushed by a forklift truck have cost a Yorkshire scaffolding company more than £62,000.

An employee of Whiterose Scaffolding (Leeds) Ltd was using a forklift truck in the yard in October 2016 when it overturned, trapping him underneath.

He sustained life-changing internal injuries and lives with constant chronic pain and has severe mobility issues, Leeds Magistrates Court was told.

An HSE investigation found that the company had failed to provide training to employees on the safe operation of forklift trucks. This would have included the importance of wearing seat belts.

The company also failed to provide adequate supervision and monitoring of the forklift truck operators to ensure they were only operated by trained drivers and that safe driving techniques were followed.

Whiterose Scaffolding (Leeds) Ltd of Holbeck Lane, Leeds, admitted heath and safety breaches and was fined £54,270 with £8,000 costs.

Afterwards, HSE inspector Andrea Jones said: “The employee’s injuries were life changing and could have been fatal.

“The impact has been devastating on him and his family. Other employees were put at risk as a result of the company allowing fork lift trucks to be used without the appropriate training and monitoring of drivers.”

EP Risk Consultancy provides a range of RTITB accredited forklift training courses to equip drivers with the skills to operate a range of forklift trucks correctly, safely and legally.

Health and Safety manager Mick Brennan says: “It is regrettable to hear of someone crushed by a forklift truck. Employees have a responsibility to devise safe working methods and to provide the necessary training to their workers.”