Chesterfield company fined after horrific forklift accident

The owner of a Chesterfield fencing company has been fined after one of his customers was seriously injured by a forklift truck.

Tuesday, 30th May 2017, 4:53 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:04 pm
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Chesterfield Justice Centre heard George Hallas visited the site of Acorn Fencing on Whittington Hill to purchase fencing materials.

While he was moving the materials, Mr Hallas was struck by a reversing fork lift truck being operated by an Acorn employee.

Mr Hallas suffered fractures to his legs, ankles and feet as a result of this incident.

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An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Acorn’s owner, Michael James Bend, failed to implement a safe system of work which clearly segregated pedestrians and workplace transport.

The defendant of Tapton View Road, Chesterfield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and fined £3032 and ordered to pay costs of £1627.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Martin Waring said: “This incident could have been prevented had Mr Bend implemented a safe system of work and properly informed his employees.”