Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Lakenheath: Murfitts Industries fined £28,000 after forklift truck driver suffers severe injuries

17:57 25 April 2014

A west Suffolk manufacturing firm has been ordered to pay £28,000 after a forklift truck driver with no formal training suffered severe injuries while at the wheel.

A west Suffolk manufacturing firm has been ordered to pay £28,000 after a forklift truck driver with no formal training suffered severe injuries while at the wheel.

The fine was handed to Murfitts Industries yesterday over the incident where the 27-year-old’s truck overturned at Murfitts premises in Lakenheath.

The driver, who wishes to remain anonymous, was manoeuvring the vehicle with a clamp attachment in a raised position when it overturned and crushed him.

He suffered severe injuries and subsequently had to have his spleen removed, and now needs permanent antibiotics. He has since returned to work at another company, but still suffers pain.

The incident in September 2012 was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which brought its case against Murfitts to Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The court heard the injured worker – who was employed via an agency – had not received any formal training to drive the vehicle and was not wearing a seatbelt.

The company – which manufactures rubber granules – had previously received enforcement action from HSE concerning its management of workplace transport, and as a result had provided training to their own staff but this had not extended to agency workers.

Murfitts was fined £17,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,985 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 9(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Steven Gill said: “This injury could easily have been avoided had Murfitts Industries provided sufficient training and adequate supervision to make sure safety measures were in place.

“Forklift trucks can overturn if manoeuvres are not carried out correctly and such risks are well known in the industry. That is why any driver using these vehicles must be provided with appropriate training.

“Murfitts knew the standard for training because they had provided it for their own staff, but failed to ensure that their agency workers were similarly trained.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The newest Labour MP in the House of Commons made much of his local work to get elected for the Stoke on Trent Central constituency – but Gareth Snell was brought up in Stowmarket.

Police have moved to reassure the public after a surge in violent crime in Ipswich has seen 11 major incidents in the past six months.

She moved to the spotlight with her design for Ipswich’s Pigs Gone Wild project, and now Lois Cordelia has been talent-scouted for a similar art trail further afield.

Rail passengers travelling between London to Ipswich this morning are facing delays after ‘trespass incident’ between Colchester and Marks Tey.

Plans for 300 houses in a mid Suffolk parish have prompted a series of objections from residents and organisations, with claims a golden opportunity to alleviate traffic congestion in Stowmarket is being missed.

The A14 Orwell Bridge will remain open today as Storm Doris looks to have passed - but it was a busy night for the emergency services as they dealt with the aftermath.

This year marks the 47th annual Ipswich to Felixstowe Road run - and as the organisers make their final preparations we look back to a particularly popular run in May 1995.

Pianos collectively worth £50,000 are being given away to schools and community groups.

Nearly 11 hours after it was closed, motorists are now able to use the Orwell Bridge.

Ipswich’s MP has said work must continue to provide the town with alternative routes for diverted Orwell Bridge traffic in the wake of yesterday’s closure.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24