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Company Fined for Fatal Fork Lift Accident at Work

March 10, 2017

A recycling company has been fined by Wolverhampton Magistrates Court for health and safety failings that resulted in a fatal fork lift accident at work.

On 4th January 2013, Mohammed Yasin (37) was working at the Recycled Paper UK Ltd factory in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, when the fork lift truck he was driving overturned due to the weight of the load it was carrying. Mohammed was thrown from the cab of the vehicle, and fatally injured when he was hit by the fork lift truck as it overturned.

An inquest into the fatal fork lift accident at work heard that Mohammed had been driving fork lift trucks for almost ten years without ever having taken the required health and safety training course. It was also disclosed it was common practice for fork lift truck drivers not to wear seatbelts, and that the company´s management never insisted upon it.

The inquest jury noted several factors had contributed to the fatal fork lift accident at work – not least that Mohammed had received insufficient training to safely operate the vehicle as a result of Recycled Paper UK´s failed to implement and enforce an adequate health and safety policy. The coroner – Robin Balmain – returned a verdict of accidental death.

An investigation into the fatal fork lift accident at work by the Health & Safety Executive also found the company failed to have adequate supervision of its drivers and prosecuted Recycled Paper UK Ltd with breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. However, as the company is now in liquidation, Wolverhampton Magistrates Court was only able to impose a nominal £1.00 fine.

Speaking after the Magistrates hearing, HSE inspector Caroline Lane said: “This was an extremely tragic incident which highlights the importance for duty holders to appropriately supervise and train workers to the required standard when operating such machinery.”