A company involved in fruit and vegetable production in the UK has been fined £320,000 after a man was killed at a site in Burscough. The man suffered severe head injuries when he fell from a skip at a farm.  He was tipping food waste into a skip from a container attached to a forklift truck.  The container could not be securely attached to the Fork Lift Truck and was known to detach from the vehicle during the procedure. As the man attempted to assist in the operation manually, the container slipped from the Fork Lift Truck.  This caused him to fall to the ground, resulting in fatal head injuries.


An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the farming company had not fully assessed the risks involved in this daily task.  Had they done so, the dangers would have been identified. They also failed to maintain equipment in safe working order and failed to properly instruct staff in the area of safe working practices. The company was fined £320,000 and ordered to pay £4,574 costs at a hearing at Wirral Magistrates’ Court on 1 February 2024.

You can read this article in full HERE.


Companies must manage the risks associated with the use of any work equipment or vehicles. Here at Carnew Training and Consultancy, we offer a wide range of Health and Safety training courses which can help you ensure you are Health and Safety compliant.

If you or your company use a forklift truck we can provide the necessary training, which can help prevent workplace accidents such as the one mentioned above.

We can conduct training on our premises here in Carnew, or we can come to your place of work/business and conduct the training there.  We offer 3 levels of forklift training, from Novice to Renewal.  Available options and further information can be viewed HERE.