A haulage firm in West Hallam has been fined GBP 27,000 after a teenage employee nearly lost an arm in a serious work injury.
Martyn Coope, 17, was at the controls of a fork-lift truck he had not been trained to operate when it ran into a lorry, trapping the mechanic by the left arm.
He spent two days in hospital and was unable to work for three months after the accident, which opened a two-inch hole in his arm through which the bone was visible.
District judge John Stobart described the practices at William West Distribution as "potentially lethal".
"It may not be any comfort to him but it was only by good luck that the accident was not more debilitating or fatal," he added.
Martyn is now pursuing an injury compensation claim against William West Distribution.
The incident follows news that an employee of MB Plastics in Warrington was killed after being trapped between the arm and side of a forklift truck he was operating.