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A packaging firm in South Wales has been fined for safety failings following a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Investigation into a workplace accident involving a forklift truck.

On 7 October 2013, a delivery driver arrived on site at Platt Packaging's Gwent headquarters to load a lorry with goods for redistribution.

While waiting for the vehicle to be filled, the man was injured by a reversing forklift truck.

Since then, the worker has been unable to return to employment due to his injuries. He suffered damage to one of his legs and also sustained a double fracture to his left ankle.

An investigation by the HSE found that the company were in breach of Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The business had failed to impose a formal safe system of work for its employees.

Furthermore, they had also neglected to direct delivery drivers, and others entering the site, to safe waiting zones which could be used when large machinery was in operation.

The firm pleaded guilty to the breach. It was fined £10,000 and also ordered to pay costs to the court.

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