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Portslade fencing boss fined after customer injured by forklift truck
12:00pm Sunday 7th October 2012 in News
A business owner has been fined nearly £14,000 after a customer was injured by a forklift truck.
Richard Meaker, of RJ Meaker Fencing, was found guilty of two breaches of health and safety laws at a hearing at Brighton Magistrates’ Court.
It came after “serious deficiencies” were found by council officials at the company’s site in Middle Street, Portslade, which injured a customer in March.
The man was in the yard picking up a bag of sand he had bought when a fork lift truck reversed into him, badly injuring his foot and lower leg.
After prosecution by Brighton and Hove City Council, Mr Meaker was fined £13,825 at a hearing.
Tim Nichols, the council’s head of licensing, said: “Once again it has taken a tragic incident involving an innocent individual to high-light the fundamental importance of following health and safety regulations.”
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