LINCOLNSHIRE, England—Tire retreader Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres Ltd. has been fined about $358,000 and ordered to pay costs of about $30,000 after a worker died when the forklift truck he was driving overturned at the company base in Grantham, according to a Sept. 15 statement by the Health and Safety Executive.
Lincoln Crown Court heard the worker was transporting tires on July 30, 2014, when the forklift ran over a loose tire in the road. He was crushed between the vehicle and the ground and later died from his injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt.
An investigation by the HSE, the United Kingdom's national regulator for workplace health and safety, found there was no company policy in place instructing workers to wear seatbelts when operating forklift trucks.
The HSE added that if the tires had been stored securely this would have prevented them rolling onto the roadway and reduced the risk of such accidents.