Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard how a worker at a Nottingham cleaning products manufacturer sustained multiple injuries when a powered industrial truck fell on top of him.

On the 23rd January 2009, an employee of Revelhome Marketing Limited (trading as Unic International) was helping colleagues load a lorry using a semi-electric stacker truck.

During the process the stacker truck was pulled over a kerb and fell onto the employee.

The worker suffered a fractured cheekbone, multiple skull injuries and long-term impaired vision. He remained in hospital for ten days and although he returned to work after three months, he continues to suffer the consequences of his injuries.

Accident could have been avoided

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuting told the court that the road surface was unsuitable for the stacker truck.

Revelholme Marketing Ltd, was found guilty of breaching regulation 4(3) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The firm was fined £5000 and order to pay £18,000 in costs.

Peter Magee, a solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors’ Serious Injuries Team said: “A little more thought about basic health and safety and this accident could have been avoided”.