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North East London Chemical Company Fined Over Injury To Worker

A chemicals company in London has been fined following injury to a worker.

On 3 August 2011, a 59 year old worker who has chosen to remain unnamed was run over by a forklift truck.  As a result of his injuries, part of his leg had to be amputated.

At the time of the incident, the worker was carrying out maintenance work on a drain cover.  The incident took place at Nuplex Resins Ltd in Newham.

The worker had been employed by the company for more than 40 years.  He had to undergo an amputation in hospital after his right leg got crushed in the incident.  He also suffered a dislocated elbow and ligament damage on his left leg.  He had to stay in hospital for about 4 weeks and has not been able to resume work since then.

An investigation carried out by the HSE revealed that the incident occurred as a result of serious safety failings.

Westminster Magistrates Court was told that the driver of the forklift truck was not able to see the injured worker.  Moreover, there were no tapes or barriers indicating that the area was to be avoided.  But, in some areas, there were fixed signs to ban pedestrians.

According to the HSE, the company had failed to conduct a suitable risk assessment for carrying out maintenance work on the road.  The company also failed to adopt safety measures to protect those working on the road from being struck by forklift trucks.

The company admitted to breaching a single section of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was ordered to pay a fine of £20,000 in addition to £3,139 in costs.