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Last Updated: Friday, 29 June 2007, 15:24 GMT 16:24 UK
Store fined over fork lift crash
A Leicester DIY store has been fined 80,000 after an employee was hit by a fork lift truck.

The man was working at the B&Q store on Blackbird Road when he was forced to dive out the way of a customer's car and into the path of the truck.

The man suffered serious foot injuries and was off work for several months.

The company had previously pleaded guilty to three offences at Leicester Crown Court and was also ordered to pay 150,000 costs on top of the fine.

Unsafe environment

Councillor Robert Wann, of the city council which brought the prosecution, said: "I am very pleased with the outcome of this court case.

"B&Q is a national organisation, and the court has shown today that regardless of the size of a company, health and safety issues are very important."

The firm admitted not making adequate arrangements for allowing pedestrians and vehicles to circulate safely and two incidents of allowing stock to be stored on pavements.

A B&Q spokesperson said: "B&Q as a responsible company takes health & safety very seriously in its stores.

"Since these matters arose over three years ago B&Q has put controls and procedures in place to prevent a re-occurrence at its store in Leicester."

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