A manufacturing company has been fined GBP500,000 (USD625,000) over a forklift accident that killed a 35-year-old man.
Barcode Warehouse pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in the Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said in a statement.
An investigation by the HSE, the United Kingdom’s workplace health and safety regulator, found Jamie Anderson was not wearing a seatbelt when his counterbalance forklift overturned in the carpark of the depot in Newark.
The father-of-one was found trapped under the roll cage of the vehicle.
The HSE investigation determined Barcode Warehouse had failed to enforce the use of seatbelts by forklift truck operators.
During the court hearing, the Barcode Warehouse agreed to pay costs of GBP7,040 (USD8,797).
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Tim Nicholson said: “Jamie’s death could easily have been prevented if his employer had acted to identify and manage the risks involved and enforced the use of seatbelts by forklift truck operators.”
This HSE prosecution was supported by HSE lawyers Nathan Cook and Jonathan Bambro and Paralegal Officer Rubina Abdul-Karim.