Two employers have been fined following an accident in which an 18-year old fractured his pelvis when a cage he was using fell from its strapping on a forklift truck.

The injured teenager and his colleague, employed by CL Electrical Solutions Ltd of Plymouth, were, in August 2009, given the task of changing light bulbs at the Plympton premises of HT Gardner Distribution Ltd.

Unfortunately both men were untrained in the use of the forklift truck and cage provided by the host company, and during this work the truck toppled over. The accident was a direct result of the wrong equipment and a poor system of work.

HT Gardner Distribution Ltd was fined a total of £20,000 with £11,300 costs and CL Electrical was fined a total of £7,000 and ordered to pay