The largest manufacturer of comfort cushioning products has been fined £60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,302 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974.
On 23rd June 2017, Manchester Magistrate’s heard how, a Carpenter Limited of Dinting Lodge Industrial Estate tanker was reversing into a tanker discharge bay by Dinting Lodge in Glossop when it collided at low speed with a forklift truck.
No workers were injured in the incident, but an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company has insufficient control of workplace transport, particularly reversing vehicles.
Medani Close, HSE Inspector, spoke after the hearing saying: “The host company failed to undertake a number of simple safety measures including segregation of reversing vehicles, from other moving vehicles and pedestrians, and ensuring that reversing manoeuvers were supervised, in accordance with their site rules.”
Source: HSE, Derbyshire company fined after vehicles collide, 27th September 2018.