A construction firm based in Gateshead has been ordered to pay GBP 4,500 after one of its employees suffered a severe work injury when a forklift truck telehandler that he was operating overturned.
Tom Lincoln, 39, was lifting roof trusses onto the rood of a development in Sandhoe for Meldrum Construction Services when the machine fell onto its side, throwing him against its window and controls.
He suffered multiple fractures to his right arm which left him with limited shoulder movement and in need of extensive medical treatment, preventing him from returning to the job.
"Meldrum Construction Services Ltd failed to ensure that Mr Lincoln had the necessary training to use the machine and had not reviewed its processes to ensure that unauthorised personnel did not have access to specialist machinery on site," commented Health and Safety Executive (HSE) construction inspector John McGill.
It follows news that Preston-based company Maple Timber Frames has been prosecuted by the HSE after a worker fell five metres at a construction site, sustaining serious work injuries.