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May 20, 2016

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Royal Mail fined after worker injured in warehouse

The Royal Mail Group Limited has been fined £50,000 after a worker’s foot was run over by a reach truck in a bundling warehouse.

Medway Magistrates Court heard how an incident happened at the Royal Mail Group Limited (RMG) bundling centre in Rochester where a worker stepped out into an aisle and another worker, who was driving a reach truck, ran over his foot causing broken bones and bruising. The injured worked was not wearing safety boots with steal toe caps when the incident happened.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 7 March 2014 found that workplace transport was not organised to ensure pedestrians and vehicles can circulate safely as they both operated in the same areas without segregation.

Better organisation of the workplace transport within the warehouse would have prevented this incident from happening.

Royal Mail Group Limited, of Victoria Embankment, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, and Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,406.

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colin jackson
colin jackson
6 years ago

As a fork lift driver who finds himself in a very similar position to the person driving the fork lift in this incident I would like to know what happened to the person driving the fork lift, was he fined ?

Jo
Jo
6 years ago

It doesn’t mention and action against the driver. I wonder what the internal investigation root cause was; driver or pedestrian error? I doesn’t say either if the injured party was suppose to be wearing safety shoes within the area or if they had not instigated the usage of them.

http://press.hse.gov.uk/2016/royal-mail-fined-after-worker-suffered-injuries/