An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident at the shed manufacturing company in Rodley in July 2012 found that a side loading fork lift truck was unloading a delivery wagon. As the worker passed a ventilation system cyclone – an extract from the building which would have been noisy - the reversing fork lift truck struck him, tragically causing fatal injuries.
Woodlands Homecare Ltd of Railway House, Calverley Lane, Rodley, Leeds pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £233,334.00 with £21,620 costs.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Rachel Brittain commented, “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 5000 incidents involving transport in the workplace. About 50 of these result in people being killed.
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