£10,000 fine for forklift failings
An animal feed supplier has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 for safety failings relating to a forklift truck.
The company admitted it had failed to ensure its fork lift truck received its regular annual examination.
The company was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £1,150 in costs after pleading guilty to the offence at Telford Magistrates Court.
The Company was taken to court by the Health and Safety Executive under the Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
The owner of the company said the fork lift truck had not received its annual check-over even though it had been booked in for it.
After the hearing the owner said “For 15 years I have had the same company come and perform the servicing of the fork lift truck. “But this year their engineer had left, they were training up new staff and therefore were unable to come out to do the service and examination I had booked.
“It was a genuine error.”
The moral of this story is – if you operate forklift trucks in the course of your business – ensure they are examined annually.