Fedex UK plead guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after an employee was struck by a reversing forklift truck at their depot in Burntwood Business Park, Staffordshire.
The employee was walking across the depot when he was struck and was trapped on the ground by the forklift and had to be freed by colleagues. He suffered serious fractures and tissue damage and required to be off work for several months.
The investigation found that a risk assessment had been carried out but had failed to identify the importance of segregation in an area where forklift truck operations took place. The HSE Inspector stated that collisions between vehicles and pedestrians can be avoided with proper planning of the workplace layout with effective segregation and safety systems.
Fedex UK were fined £533,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.
Further guidance on protecting pedestrians is available form the HSE at https://www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport/separating.htm