One Nottingham-based cleaning products company may soon be facing personal injury claims after one of their employees sustained severe head injuries in an accident involving a stacker truck.
The injured worker, who has not had his name released to the media due to privacy concerns, had been the operator of a semi-electric stacker truck at the time of the incident, according to accident claim specialists familiar with the case. The worker had been helping to load a lorry when the truck tipped over and landed on him, resulting in his serious head injuries.
Following the incident, the injured worker was in hospital for a total of ten days due to his injuries, which included fractures to his cheek bone and other injuries to his skull. The man did not return to work for an additional three months during his convalescence, though he now has long term vision problems from his injuries and may be considering bringing a personal injury compensation claim against his employer.
The Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation in the aftermath of the incident and discovered that the stacker truck, which was routinely only used within the confines of the factory floor, had been used on the road outside to load a wagon on this occasion. Moreover, it was found that the stacker truck had toppled over the edge of a kerb, proving that the terrain outside the factory had been unsuitable for the vehicle.
Cleaning products manufacturer Revelholme Marketing Ltd, located in Nottingham on Colwick Road, was given a fine of £5,000 at a Nottingham Magistrates’ Court hearing after being found guilty of being in breach of Health and Safety regulations. Revelhome Marketing was also ordered to pay court costs totaling £18,000 for their role in the worker’s injuries.
One HSE inspector, who made a statement in the wake of the hearing, remarked that employers must do their part to make sure any equipment used by their workers is suitable for the environment in which it is used and for the task ahead of it.