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Scaffolder fined after worker crushed by forklift

A Leeds scaffolding firm has been fined £63,000 after a worker was crushed by a forklift truck.

Whiterose Scaffolding (Leeds) Ltd was prosecuted over an incident in October 2016 in which one of its employees was using a forklift truck in the yard when it overturned, trapping him underneath it.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found that the company had failed to provide training to their employees on the safe operations of forklift trucks, which would have included the importance of wearing seat belts.

According to the HSE, the employee sustained serious life-changing internal injuries and now lives with constant chronic pain and severe mobility issues.

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, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

It was fined £54,270 and ordered to pay £8,000 in costs.

Following the hearing, HSE inspector Andrea Jones commented: “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 forklift trucks to be used without the appropriate training and monitoring of drivers.

“Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working”.

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