9:46am Friday 13th September 2013
THE death of a 42-year-old forklift truck driver three years ago has led to a giant manufacturing firm admitting it failed to ensure the safety of employees in Halesowen.
Italian owned Mapie Ltd pleaded guilty to two breaches of Health and Safety regulations relating to the death of Andrew Davies when they appeared before Wolverhampton Magistrates.
The firm who make and distribute a range of building products and adhesives for the flooring industry will now be sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court on October 8.
Mapie admitted failing to separate and segregate pedestrians and vehicles thereby ensuring the safety of employees including Mr Davies while they were working in their transport yard.
They also pleaded guilty to failing to undertake the segregation and separation of pedestrians and vehicles in such a way as to ensure persons in its employment were not exposed to risks.
Mr Tom Cleary prosecuting for the Health and Safety Executive told the Magistrates that Mr Davies died instantly when the lorry reversed into him at the firms manufacturing facility three years ago.
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