Workers in Croydon put at risk

Two HSE improvement notices were ignored at Rubbish Express, Beddington Lane Croydon. The company has now been prosecuted – 14th November – at Westminster Magistrates Court.

A JCB lift truck had not been thoroughly examined and was operated by staff who had not received adequate training.

HSE inspector Clare Hawkes, said:

“Rubbish Express Limited was given sufficient time to provide suitable training to employees operating the telehandler lift truck and to ensure that it was safe to use and properly maintained. Rather than get on with the work, the company delayed taking basic safety steps to protect workers from the risk of serious accidents.

“No one was injured in this case but incidents involving lift trucks are often due to poor supervision and a lack of training. Improvement Notices should be taken seriously – it is an offence not to comply with them.”

HSE say: almost a quarter of all workplace transport incidents involve forklift trucks. More here: Safety & vehicles at work

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