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Company fined $272,000 after driver's leg crushed in workplace forklift accident

Transport company Kuehne + Nagel Limited have been ordered to pay $272,000 after a driver was struck and pinned by a forklift at the company's site in Mangere, Auckland.

The incident, dating back to June 2016, saw the driver suffer seven fractures to his left foot, with a WorkSafe investigation finding that Kuehne + Nagel had not communicated safety protocol.

The company was fined $252,000 and reparations of $20,000 were ordered.

The investigation also found that while the company did have safety systems in place, they were not enforced by management, leaving workers vulnerable and unequipped to deal with accidents.

"The site was busy with more than 100 trucks coming in to deliver and collect goods each day. Kuehne + Nagel had a responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act for those truck drivers and other workers coming onto their site," WorkSafe deputy general manager for Investigations and Specialist Services Simon Humphries said.

"Forklifts are difficult to manoeuvre, they are frequently loaded to the point where visibility is compromised and they can be deadly when pedestrians are involved.

"Traffic management should be a paramount health and safety concern for businesses using them and for those with vehicles moving on, off and around your workplace".


Forklift (file picture). Source: istock.com