Food firm fined after lift truck hits worker

Surya Rice Limited left Colchester Magistrates Court £14,000 worse off, after admitting safety failings that resulted in an employee sustaining a broken leg after being struck by a fork lift truck.

The incident happened at Harwich Industrial Estate where Jan Kaminski, a packer in the rice packing area, was hit from behind by a truck carrying a full pallet of rice flour. The Health and Safety Executive investigation found that the movement of pallets was inherently unsafe due to the heavily congested work area that limited the driver’s vision. There were no adequately segregated pedestrian routes.

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