Company fined for health and safety breach

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A company has today been fined £120,000 for a breach of health and safety regulations at a warehouse in Blackpool where an employee suffered an extremely serious foot injury.

Kevin Lowe was driving a pallet truck at a site on Vicarage Lane, Marton when a collision occurred with a fork lift truck, resulting in a fork going through his right foot.

Mr Lowe, who is now around fifty years of age, had been at risk of amputation.

He continues to suffer very severe pain and is still off work on full pay.

Tangerine Confectionary Ltd had pleaded guilty to an offence of failing to ensure the safety of an employee. The incident occurred in September 2012.

Preston Crown Court heard that Mr Lowe had been involved in an almost identical accident at work more than three years earlier.

Judge Stuart Baker said the accident had been entirely foreseeable. Mr Lowe’s quality of life and that of his family has been very badly impaired.

Counsel for the company said they had enormous regret. There was a sense of frustration at what was considered good planning having gone wrong.

After the accident steps were taken at considerable expense and there had been wholesale retraining of employees and managers.

The judge also said the offence was grave, committed against a background of insufficient thought of how to avoid an obvious potential danger.