Following a serious accident the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated a cargo handling company and found that an unsafe system of work had been used.
On 15 August 2014 an employee of Extreme Handling (a supplier of forklift drivers and general warehouse operatives) was working at GMA Warehousing and Transport’s site in Felixstowe, Suffolk. The employee was helping a forklift truck operator move a one-tonne sheet of marble from a container.
The marble fell on the Extreme Handling worker, who sustained extensive crush injuries to his legs, a fractured sternum and severe lacerations to the back of his head.
This incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive and their findings were that an unsafe system of work was used to move the load.
GMA Warehousing and Transport pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and were fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9,938.
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