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Derbyshire company fined after death of worker using fork lift truck

06-09-2017

stock photo shows a forklift truckA Derbyshire-based company has been fined after the death of a 19-year-old worker, when a fork lift truck (FLT) overturned at the company’s site in Chinley.

Manchester Crown Court (Minshull Street) heard how, on 10 February 2015, Ben Pallier-Singleton was driving a FLT during night time hours down a sloping roadway, when it overturned and the employee suffered fatal crush injuries. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation (with initial involvement from Derbyshire Constabulary) found the employee was not adequately trained; he wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time of the FLT overturning; the company did not inform their employees of the speed limit on-site; the company had not put measures in place to control the speed of vehicles and; the company failed to have adequate lighting and edge protection in place to avoid FLTs overturning.

Vinyl Compound Ltd. of Stephanie Works, High Park, Derbyshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and was fined £450,000 plus costs of £71,778.

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