Hessle firm fined after forklift accidents

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Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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A Hessle-based produce firm has been fined £38,000 following two serious forklift truck accidents within four months.

MyFresh Prepared Produce, from Livingstone Road, admitted breaking safety rules regarding the incidents, which happened on January 15 and April 23 last year.

The accidents, both involving reversing trucks, happened at its Chicksands vegetable processing plant in Bedfordshire.

The first saw 43-year-old Chris Bottesch, a team leader in a warehouse, suffer hip, foot and right leg fractures after two forklifts trapped him. He today suffers from drop foot.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated and served MyFresh one of its Improvement Notices, which ordered it to bring in improvements by April 29.

Six days prior to this, however, a second man was hurt by a reversing forklift, fracturing his left leg. The unnamed 44-year-old Bedford man was a technician in the quality control department.

The HSE said that both incidents were preventable. It found that separate routes from vehicles and people had not been identified or implemented and that MyFresh’s goods yard should have been better supervised.

In addition, the firm was told to pay a £120 victim surcharge and costs of £8,320.

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Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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