When your love life costs you your job
The two owners of Kidderminster based fencing firm have been given suspended sentences after a worker was hit by timber posts and frames when they fell from the metal frame on the fork lift truck whilst dipping them in preservative, causing injuries that require regular physiotherapy sessions.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had not been using the suitable equipment for the task and that the method of working was unsuitable. Additionally the operator had not been properly trained to operate a fork lift truck, and the company also failed to have the fork lift truck in question thoroughly examined up to required standards.
The safety failings could have resulted in far more serious injuries, and the employee was luck to walk away from the incident.
The business owners pleaded guilty to breaching section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 , with both being sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years and fined £10,000 each.