Employer Fined $25,550 after Worker Is Run over by a Forklift

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A work crew was dismantling a building using a forklift to brace the building. When the forklift was no longer required, workers couldn’t free it from the structure. They used a tractor to tow the forklift from the building. While a worker was lying on the ground under the forklift trying to disengage the tow chain, another worker drove the forklift over him, causing multiple fractures and internal injuries. His employer pleaded guilty to failing to take measures to ensure the safety, health, and welfare of workers working in close proximity to power mobile equipment and was fined $25,550 [Nordevco Associates Ltd., Govt. News Release, July 25, 2015].