Bolton worker could receive compensation after injuries

A worker at a recycling firm in Bolton could be in line to receive compensation after he was badly injured by a steel beam.

The unnamed 52-year-old from Horwich was stood next to a forklift truck in the outside section of J Doyle's yard on Gaskell Street on July 18th 2012 when the incident took place. 

Trafford Magistrates' Court was told that the staff member had been attempting to load a steel beam into an empty skip so it could be sent out to a customer, but when he did this he was struck by the object as it fell off the legs of a forklift truck.

Such was the extent of the injuries, the worker was rushed to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured ankle, a deep laceration to his shin, as well as bruising and swelling to his skin, ankle and foot.

The man was off work for three months and now walks with a permanent limp.

After hearing of the incident, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation and found work had not been planned effectively by bosses at the firm - something evidenced by the fact a 100 kg steel beam had been loaded by a forklift truck.

J Doyle was fined £2,000 and told to pay prosecution costs of £1,500 after he pleaded guilty to breaching the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

Commenting after the trial, HSE inspector Emily Osborne said: "The injuries suffered by J Doyle’s employee are still affecting him today, more than a year after the incident and have caused him a considerable amount of pain.

"The firm should never have allowed a long steel beam, weighing over 100 kg, to be lifted on a forklift truck in this dangerous way. The work was not planned and the risks ignored."

Forklift trucks remain one of the most dangerous hazards in the construction industry and executives must ensure they plan any work involving the vehicle properly.

By Chris Stevenson