Leeds-based, Woodlands Homecare Ltd, has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker was killed by a forklift. Andrew Hanshaw, age 44, died after being struck by a side loader forklift truck.
At the shed manufacturing company in Rodley, the worker was pushing a trolley before being struck by the forklift that had been unloading a delivery vehicle.
According to the Yorkshire Post, Woodlands Homecare Ltd. of Railway House, Calverley Lane, Rodley pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £233,334 with £21,620 in costs.
Rachel Brittain, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector commented after the hearing saying: “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the company to implement the findings of their own transport plan”.
Vehicles at work continue to be a major cause of fatal and major injuries. Every year there are over 5,000 incidents involving transport in the workplace. About 50 of these result in people being killed.