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Pipe company fined for fatal forklift accident

A pipe company with headquarters just outside Moy was today fined £24,000 plus costs of £854 for four health and safety breaches that led to the death of a worker in August 2014.

Cherry Pipes Ltd, Dungannon were handed the fine at Antrim Crown Court.

Today’s sentencing comes after a Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) investigation into the fatal incident at the company’s premises in Nutts Corner Business Park, Crumlin, Co. Antrim.

A 49-year-old Polish employee was fatally injured when a forklift truck he was driving overturned, trapping him between the vehicle’s safety frame and the ground.

The investigation found that the deceased was employed as a general operative, not a forklift truck operator and as a result had not been trained on the operation of the lift trucks by the company.

Speaking after today’s sentencing Kevin Campbell, an inspector with HSENI’s Major Investigation Team, said: “Employers must ensure that operators of forklift trucks are properly trained, competent and authorised to operate lift trucks.  No one should be allowed to operate a forklift truck unless they have received the appropriate training and instruction.

“It is also essential that employers provide health and safety information to their employees that is clear and easily understood.”

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