An engineering company in Knowsley has been prosecuted for health and safety failings after it was alleged that they failed to ensure that the lifting operation was suitably planned, supervised and carried out safely.
A worker and a colleague at Knowsley Engineering Services Ltd were attempting to manoeuvre a structure out of the company premises using a fork lift truck. Whilst trying to raise the structure from its supporting trestles it twisted and swung towards the worker, entering the cab of the fork lift truck and striking him.
The company had failed to carry out a risk assessment and not provided any formal training for the employees.
The Company pleaded guilty to an offence contrary to Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety Act 1974 at Liverpool Crown Court. The Company was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,670.
The Health and Safety Executive has produced guidance on the safe use of lifting equipment including fork lift trucks which is available here