Information bite 230:Scaffold boss handed suspended jail sentence after forklift death

The Managing Director of a scaffolding company has been given a suspended prison sentence after a worker died from being struck by a forklift.

An HSE investigation found that the company failed to take reasonable care for the health and safety of workers, or managing the health and safety risks arising from using a forklift truck in a state of disrepair.

The worker had just finished loading a lorry at the scaffolding company premises when the counterbalance forklift struck him from behind. He died from his injuries.

Speaking after the hearing, an HSE inspector said: “This case highlights the importance of regular pro-active maintenance and inspection of work equipment, to ensure equipment does not deteriorate to the extent that it puts people at risk. Sadly this tragic death could have been prevented.

“Companies and individuals should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”


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