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Accident at work fractures cheekbone

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14th May 2014
A work compensation claim could be made by a worker who received head injuries after a powered industrial truck fell on top of him.

A Nottingham cleaning products manufacturer has been fined for its part in the accident at work, after its employee was seriously injured in the workplace.

The worker, who has asked not to be named, suffered a fractured cheekbone, multiple skull injuries and long term impaired vision after the incident.

The accident at work took place when he was helping load a lorry using a semi-electric stacker truck. 

The truck used to lift and transport materials toppled and fell onto him, after it was pulled over a kerb and fell over.

His employer, Revelholme Marketing Ltd (trading as Unic International), was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation.

The company, of Colwick Road, Nottingham, which makes solvent degreasers and cleaning products, was found guilty of breaching Regulation 4 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

The three day trial was completed last week. The company has been fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £18,000.

Nottingham Magistrates' Court heard that after the incident on January 23rd 2009, the employee was hospitalised for 10 days and was off work for almost three months. 

Although he has returned to work, the man still suffers from the after-effects of his injuries.

Commenting after the trial, HSE Inspector Stuart Pilkington said: "The stacker truck was mainly used in the factory and car park but on occasion employees used the truck to load lorries in the road.

"A slope between the two surfaces and the lip of the dropped kerb made the terrain unsuitable for this type of equipment to be used.

"Companies need to ensure that the work equipment they use, such as stacker trucks, is suitable for the task, and for the conditions in which it is used."

The man also happens to be lucky he wasn’t killed in the potentially deadly incident.

The story comes just a couple of weeks after official statistics published today show the number of workers killed in Britain, last year has increased.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) cites that for the year April 2010 to March 2011 -the number of workers killed was 171.

This equates to an increase on the previous year, when 147 died - the lowest number on record.

The rate of fatal injury is now 0.6 per 100,000 workers, up from 0.5 per 100,000 workers in the previous year.

Reported by Fiona Campbell