EDV Reinforcements Ltd has appeared in court after a working platform slid off the forks of a forklift truck and struck one of its employees. The company, which manufactures and supplies steel products, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found the truck was being used to lift a pile of steel mesh when the platform slid off. The platform had not been secured to the forklift, and instead was just resting on the forks.
The injured worker, who was on the ground nearby, was hit by the heavy metal platform and suffered a fractured rib and muscle and back injuries.
The company, of Longridge Road in Preston, was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £3,566 in prosecution costs.
Speaking after the hearing, the investigating inspector at HSE, Richard Clarke, said:
“The company should never have allowed the platform to be lifted on the forklift truck without it being properly secured. Sadly, one of EDV’s employees suffered serious injuries as a result of this negligence, and it was an incident that could easily have been avoided. This case should act as a warning to companies to make sure heavy equipment is properly secured to forklifts before being lifted.”