A fine of £400,000 was levied on 18 March 2011 against Calsonic Kansei UK Limited following the death of an employee struck by a fork lift truck.
The incident occurred in 2008 when the employee had visited a factory floor to give instructions to the fork lift truck driver. As the employee finished issuing the instructions, the fork lift reversed, knocking the employee to the ground and causing fatal head injuries.
The company pleaded guilty to breaches under sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Swansea Crown Court fined the company £400,000 and ordered it to pay £44,790.14 in costs.
HSE inspector Stephen Jones commented: “It’s fairly routine for forklift trucks to operate within the same area as pedestrians in this industry. However, working procedures and systems need to be in place to prevent vehicles colliding with people. This tragic incident could have been avoided had all contractors and employees been aware of the risks, and had the safety procedures been taken to avoid such risks.”