£9,588 court bill for farming firm

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A farming firm has been ordered to pay more than £9,500 after a worker broke a leg when he was hit by a forklift truck.

Agency worker Algis Jevsejevas (45) fractured his left leg in the incident at CW Dobbs and Son’s premises on October 21 last year.

Mr Jevsejevas was walking across the floor of a potato grading shed to get labels for boxes when he was hit by the forklift, which was reversing at the time.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the company failed to ensure the shed was organised in such a way that vehicles and pedestrians could move around safely.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Neil Ward said: “This incident need not have happened.

“The company should have made sure, so far as was reasonably practicable, that there was physical segregation between its workers and its vehicles.

“Since the incident, the farmer has put up a barrier but has also moved the labels to another part of the shed, next to the grading line, so people don’t have to walk across the shed.

“This goes to show how simple and inexpensive preventative measures can be.”

CW Dobbs and Son Ltd, of Home Farm, Holland’s Chase, West Pinchbeck, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The company was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £2,588 costs.

Mr Jevsejevas was living in King’s Lynn at the time of the incident but has since returned to his home in Lithuania.