Forklift accident prompts health and safety warning
08 August 2011
Posted by Samuel Couratin
An incident at a brewery in the Midlands has led to a warning being issued to companies about forklift health and safety standards.
A Burton-on-Trent site of Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) was the location of the accident, which saw employee Peter Jackson hit by a truck.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the injury discovered that previous advice it had issued had not been followed by the firm following an inspection in December 2007.
"This incident occurred because of inadequate risk assessments, poor management and monitoring of contractors and managers failing to understand their responsibilities for health and safety," HSE Inspector Lyn Spooner stated.
Having been struck by the forklift while unloading a trailer of empty cans in May 2008, the 64-year-old has been unable to return to his job and Molson Coors pleaded guilty to breaching legislation, incurring fines of £31,000 plus £33,042 in costs.
In addition to enhancing workplace transport standards, organizations may also wish to take note of warnings recently issued by the HSE after the same brewery was fined for an incident in June 2008 in which three people suffered serious chemical burns from caustic soda because of a faulty valve.