24/Apr/2014 - Last News Update: 14:57

Calsonic Kansei fined £400,000 over forklift death

Category: Wales

Published: 18th Mar 2011 14:30:55

A car components factory has been fined £400,000 after the death of a worker who was struck by a forklift truck.

Darren Small died in hospital three days after the truck at Calsonic Kansei in Llanelli reversed into him, said the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Mr Small, 35, of Loughor, near Swansea, died on the day he was to take voluntary redundancy.

Calsonic Kansei, which admitted health and safety charges, was ordered to pay £45,000 costs at Swansea Crown Court.

Mr Small's family said he was a "fabulous" person whose children were "still finding it extremely hard to cope with losing their loving father".

The HSE said that on 17 March, 2008, Mr Small had gone onto the factory floor to "issue instruction" to a forklift truck operator.

As Mr Small finished speaking, the forklift truck reversed into him, knocking him to the ground. He sustained fatal head injuries.

Darren was such a fabulous, lovely and kind-hearted person and a really devoted father”

HSE inspector Stephen Jones said: "It's fairly routine for forklift trucks to operate within the same area as pedestrians in this industry.

"However, working procedures and systems need to be in place to prevent vehicles colliding with people.

"This tragic incident could have been avoided had all contractors and employees been aware of the risks, and had the safety procedures been taken to avoid such risks."

In a statement, Mr Small's family said no other family should go through what they had had to endure.

"Darren was such a fabulous, lovely and kind-hearted person and a really devoted father," they said.

"To die on the day he was due to have taken voluntary redundancy is even more tragic.

"Time does not heal. We all miss him so very much and his children are still finding it extremely hard to cope with losing their loving father.

"We hope employers hearing this case will have more regard for health and safety in future as no other family should go through what we have had to endure - losing such a wonderful person from our lives."

BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2011. Calsonic Kansei fined £400,000 over forklift death [Online] (Updated 18th Mar 2011)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/139168/Calsonic-Kansei-fined-400-000-over-forklift-death [Accessed 24th Apr 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • C&C creating 25 jobs in Boucher area of south Belfast

    Twenty five jobs are being created by the soft drinks firm C&C in south Belfast over the next two years.
  • Dan Christian: Middlesex sign Australia all-rounder for T20

    Middlesex have signed Australia all-rounder Dan Christian for this season's Natwest T20 Blast competition.
  • Pet Shop Boys premiere Alan Turing work at BBC Proms

    An orchestral work by the Pet Shop Boys about the life of wartime codebreaker Alan Turing is to have its world premiere at this year's BBC Proms.
  • McLaren Automotive plans first Scottish dealership

    Sports car producer McLaren Automotive has announced plans for its first Scottish dealership.
  • Secret to happy kids - a bit of TV and the odd takeaway

    Seven-year-olds are happier when they are allowed some sweets, snacks and television time, rather than none at all, suggests a study of children's well-being.