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Company fined after accident

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 ( #951 ) - Chorley, United Kingdom
Staveley's Eggs has been fined
Staveley's Eggs has been fined
A Chorley egg producer has been fined GBP60,000 (USD77,000) after a forklift overturned and crushed the driver. The incident took place in December 2018, at Staveley's Eggs in Goosnargh. Manchester Magistrates' Court heard an employee had been driving the forklift when it overturned on a slope, trapping the driver. He sustained serious, life-changing crush injuries as a result. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that the areas where forklifts were driven had significant changes in gradient which were not a suitable surface for the type of vehicles in use. The company failed to both identify and control the risk of a forklift overturning. Staveley's Eggs Ltd of Coppull, Chorley pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Staveley's was founded in 1970 as a relatively small business run by Ken and Mary Staveley. Since then, with their son David now taking a major role in the running of the business, it has grown substantially to be an influential player in the UK egg industry.