Richard Boyland appeared at Antrim Crown Court today and received a fine of £5,000 after a man suffered life-changing injuries to his leg during the unloading of fertilizer, as reported in Farming Life.
Mr. Boyland, a fertilizer retailer who trades as North Antrim Potatoes, appeared in court after a member of the public suffered serious leg injuries following an incident in February 2017. The courts heard that the injured party was passing the business premises in his vehicle, when he stopped to help Mr. Boyland. Mr. Boyland’s forklift had become stuck during the unloading of fertiliser from a delivery lorry.
This led to a recovery operation, with the forklift being towed by the lorry onto the nearby grass verge on the road’s edge. Mr. Boyland was driving the forklift, when the leg of the man, who offered his help, got trapped between the lift truck and the back of the lorry, causing serious and life-changing injuries.
This led to a subsequent joint-investigation by the HSENI and the PSNI into the accident. The investigation found that fertilizer retailer Mr. Boyland had failed to ensure the safety of a member of the public. The investigation also found that the accused had no completed any approved forklift training.
“This was a wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of an employer to adequately manage and communicate the risks of an unplanned work activity. ‘, said Kyle Carrick said HSENI inspector.
“When deliveries and collections are made, loading and unloading areas should be in designated places with sufficient space, clear of passing traffic, pedestrians and other people who are not involved in loading and unloading....Members of the public are unlikely to be familiar with workplace hazards and should always be kept separate from hazardous work activities.”, he added.
Mr. Boyland received a fine of £5,000 (€5,666) for his failure to ensure the safety of the victim.