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Company and mechanic fined after forklift death

A Buckinghamshire plant hire company and one of its mechanics have been fined after a forklift truck overturned, killing the driver.

The Health and Safety (HSE) investigation found that Morgans Plant Hire Ltd, based in Oakley, Buckinghamshire, failed to ensure that the fork lift truck was in good working order when Mr Nappin came to use it.

Company mechanic Matthew Edwards, of Aylesbury, had previously incorrectly modified the brakes on the forklift truck which Mr Nappin was operating. By doing this he failed to ensure the health and safety of his co-worker.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and  5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,000.

Edwards pleaded guilty to contravening section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,000.

HSE Press Release.

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Great post. really sad. These kinds of accidents shouldn't happen. If an employer wants to ensure forklift safety they need to make sure their employees are properly trained by safety expert.