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Waste firm fined over truck safety

A waste management and skip company in South West London has been fined for ignoring safety warnings about a truck.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said that the failure of Rubbish Express to sufficiently check a JCB lift truck and provide adequate training for operators, was leaving staff working on its site in Croydon, South London at risk.

Mitcham-based Rubbish Express had been given a deadline of October this year by the HSE to provide training and arrange for a competent engineer to thoroughly examine the telehandler lift truck. However, the company did not take any action until February 2012.

Rubbish Express pleaded guilty to failing to comply with two Improvement Notices. It was fined £5,000 for each charge and ordered to pay £3,500 in costs.

Almost a quarter of all workplace transport incidents involve forklift trucks, according to the HSE.

HSE inspector Clare Hawkes, said: “No one was injured in this case but incidents involving lift trucks are often due to poor supervision and a lack of training. Improvement Notices should be taken seriously, it is an offence not to comply with them.”

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