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Laboratory technician run over by forklift truck

05th April 2013

In August 2011, the man had been undertaking maintenance of a drain cover when he was run over by a forklift truck which was carrying a one-tonne load.

Despite there being signs visible banning pedestrians from the area, no protective measures such as barriers or tape had been put in place to make the technician visible to drivers and avoid an accident occurring.

As a result, the forklift truck driver did not see the pedestrian worker and struck him. This caused the pedestrian serious crush injuries to his right leg – leading to an above-the-knee amputation by medical professionals when he reached the hospital.

Furthermore, his left leg suffered ligament damage, and his left elbow was dislocated in the incident. He remained in hospital for about a month, and has so far been unable to return to work.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found that the chemical company had failed to complete a risk assessment prior to the maintenance work. The firm was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £3,139 for the forklift truck accident.


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