FedEx UK fined £533k after worker hit by forklift truck at Burntwood depot

Delivery giant FedEx UK has been hit with a huge fine after a worker was hit by a forklift truck. The employee was trapped on the ground when he was hit at the depot at Burntwood Business Park, near Cannock . Colleagues used a pallet truck to free the worker, who suffered serious fractures to his arm and soft tissue injuries to his legs, forcing him to take several months off work.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident, which happened on November 2, 2017, and found there was not enough segregation of forklift trucks and pedestrians at the site.

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A risk assessment had been carried out but had not identified the importance of achieving robust segregation in an area where frequent forklift truck movements took place. Fedex UK Ltd of Express House, Holly Lane, Atherstone, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 during a hearing at Cannock Magistrates Court. The firm was fined GBP533,000 and ordered to pay costs of GBP10,033.39.

Following the hearing, HSE inspector Wendy Campbell, said: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to provide safe methods of working and a safe working environment.

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