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Manchester builders’ merchant fined for fork-lift death

Stone Superstore of Gorton, Manachester, has been fined following a forklift truck accident that lead to the death of an employee.
The company was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay Manchester City Council costs of £9,221 at Manchester Crown Court on last Tuesday (July 12).

An accident at its Matthew Street warehouse in Gorton on 29 October 2010 resulted in the death of an employee, 27-year-old Soran Aziz, after a crate containing a tonne of stone floor tiles spilled from a forklift truck.

Aziz suffered serious head injuries and died in hospital two days after the incident.

Council environmental health officers visited the site and found that the forklift truck driver who had spilled the tiles had received no formal training.

The court also heard that although two forklift trucks were being used daily at the warehouse none of the company’s employees had ever received any formal training.

Stone Superstore was convicted for offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It pleaded guilty to two counts, one of a failure to adequately train, supervise and instruct staff and a further charge of a failure to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment. The fine of £40,000 was awarded for the first count with no separate penalty being given for the second count.

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