FedEx fined heavily for Health & Safety breach

FedEx UK has been fined more than half a million pounds for a breach in Health & Safety provision at its Burntwood Business Park depot in the Midlands.

Cannock Magistrates Court heard that an employee was hit and pinned to the ground by a reversing forklift truck at the depot on 2 November 2017. He had serious fractures to his arm and soft tissue injuries to his leg.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the matter and found that there was insufficient space between forklift trucks and pedestrian staff in the workspace. It found that there had been a risk assessment of the issue but this had not identified the importance of of achieving robust segregation in an area where frequent forklift truck movements took place.

FedEx UK plead guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and was fined £533,000 and ordered to pay £10,033.39 in legal fees.

HSE inspector Wendy Campbell said: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to provide safe methods of working and a safe working environment. Collisions between vehicles and pedestrians can be avoided if the workplace layout is properly planned, effectively segregated and suitable systems of work are introduced.

“If physical barriers and a suitable system of work had been in place the injuries sustained by this employee could have been prevented.”


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