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Materials processor says safety procedures "ignored" after accident

A metals processor has claimed that an accident at one of its yards was partly due to safety procedures being ignored by the workforce.

All Metals Recycling (AMS) was fined £12,500 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after Derek Baxters right leg was run over by a forklift truck as he knelt at the end of an aisle.

Manchester Crown Court heard that the route had been narrowed by stock in the isle and that there was not a walkway for pedestrians.

The worker broke three toes, fractured several bones in his foot and suffered extensive skin, muscle and tissue damage.

HSE principal inspector Alex Farnhill said: The company has an annual turnover of more than $180m with bases in the UK, France and China. Any organisation that size can easily afford to spend time and money on basic health and safety.

But AMS hit out at the comments in a statement to MRW: AMS deeply regret the accident and subsequent injuries to Derek Baxter, and have always taken on board the HSE findings and recommendations. The accident was due in part to company safety procedures being ignored by the workforce. We therefore consider the comments made by the HSE in its press releases to be wide of the mark.

AMS pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 17 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 by failing to provide a separate walkway for pedestrians. It was ordered to pay £4,230 towards the cost of the prosecution in addition to the fine.

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