A poultry processing company, Moy Park has been fined over £800k after a yardman was seriously injured due to being struck by a forklift truck.
On 24 January 2017, a forklift truck was being driven into the yard at Airfield Industrial Estate in Ashbourne. The driver reversed around a trailer as he attempted to deliver some pallets.
The driver did not see a yardman who was standing directly behind the trailer, and the yardman wasn’t aware that the forklift truck was reversing in the area. During the manoeuvre, the forklift struck the yardman, causing serious leg injuries, which resulted in his left leg being amputated above the knee.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was an inadequate system of segregation in the yard to separate people and vehicles to prevent this type of incident occurring.
Since the incident, measures have been put in place so that the yardman is segregated from forklift trucks when they are operating in the yard.
Moy Park of The Food Park, 39 Seagoe Industrial Estate, Craigavon pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 17 of the Workplace (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. The company was fined £866,650 and ordered to pay costs of £11,651.61
Speaking after the hearing at Derby Crown Court inspector Lindsay Bentley said: “The employee’s injuries were life-changing and he could have easily been killed. This serious incident with devastating injuries could have been avoided if basic precautions had been put in place.”