Waste Away Skip Hire (Liverpool) Ltd and its director Leanne Koo have just been prosecuted for safety failings at South Sefton Magistrates Court. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £14,000 plus £1791.50 costs and a victim surcharge of £120. Director Leanne Koo pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £1,000 plus £387.50 costs and a victim surcharge of £120.
On 16 April 2013 a full time company employee was struck by a reversing fork lift truck and dragged under a rear wheel whilst he was sorting waste materials, causing severe crush injuries to his leg and chest. The employee suffered horrific injuries including broken ribs, a snapped pelvis, a punctured lung and the removal of his spleen as a result of the accident.
Magistrates were told that a safe system of work was not in place, and a risk assessment had not been carried out which should have identified the need to segregate pedestrians and vehicles within the workplace.
It was also claimed that the fork lift truck did not have any audible warning siren or beacon for reversing or wing mirrors, and the rear window of the machine was dirty except for the area covered by wipers. The truck had not been subject to a thorough examination by a competent person as per the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 within the previous 12 months.
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