News Item: Company Fined After Employee Seriously Injured in Collision with Forklift Truck

A warehouse and storage company has been fined after an employee sustained serious injuries when he was hit by a forklift truck.

Southampton Magistrates' Court heard how, the delivery driver was in a delivery yard at Driver's Wharf in Southampton, while his vehicle was being loaded, when he was hit by a forklift truck. He was knocked to the ground and the forklift truck ran over his legs causing severe crush injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there were inadequate control measures in place to segregate pedestrians and vehicles at the delivery yard.

Skillbeech Services Ltd of Carnac Place, Cams Hall Estate, Fareham pleaded guilty to breaching section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. They were fined £32,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,222.