26.07.2019

West Midlands company fined after worker killed by forklift truck

A Birmingham manufacturer of calcium carbonate products has today been
sentenced after a worker suffered fatal injuries when struck by a forklift
truck.

Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard how, on 24 July 2017, Christine Workman, an
employee of Minteq UK Ltd (trading as Specialty Minerals) was struck by a
forklift truck whilst walking in the designated pedestrian area of the site's
roadway. She suffered severe crush injuries and tragically died on 8 August
2017.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the measures in
place to separate and segregate pedestrians from vehicles were inadequate, with
the designated pedestrian walkway running, unprotected, down the centre of the
roadway used by vehicles.

Minteq UK Ltd of Lifford Lane, Kings Norton, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to
breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
and has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £23,217.87.

Speaking after the case, HSE inspector Kay Brookes commented:

"Far too many people are killed and seriously injured by vehicles in the
workplace every year. Provisional data for 2018-19 shows that of the 147
workers fatally injured, 30 of them were as a result of being struck by a
moving vehicle. Many hundreds are left with life-changing injuries.

"The requirement to ensure adequate separation and segregation between
pedestrians and vehicles is paramount. This tragic and wholly avoidable
incident highlights the need for companies to comply with their legal duty to
identify what can kill and seriously hurt people in their workplace and take
steps to stop that happening.”

AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)