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Fine over forklift truck accident

Concrete firm Elite Precast Concrete Ltd has been fined £10,000 after an accident in one of its factories in which Polish labourer Tomasz Kosmacz suffered serious leg injuries when he was hit by a forklift truck.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the lack of translated instructions contributed to the accident. HSE inspector Katharine Walker said “The incident was entirely preventable. Had the instruction requiring the use of a pallet to move the waste been translated into Polish and effectively communicated to the workers, Mr Kosmacz would not have had to endure these painful injuries.

This set of template risk assessment forms can help you follow a systematic method of looking at work activities, assessing what could go wrong and deciding what controls you need to implement in order to prevent loss, damage or injury.

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