Sofa retailer and manufacturer DFS has been forced to pay £1m after an employee was knocked unconscious when he was struck by an unsecured furniture frame as he unloaded a vehicle.
Derby Magistrates’ Court heard on 22 February that the Doncaster retailer’s safety management system had “fundamental and systemic” failings.
On 2 July 2015, the worker was unloading wooden frames at one of the DFS Trading’s upholstery sites when he was struck by an unsecured furniture arm which fell from an unstable load. It knocked him unconscious and he sustained serious neck and back and head injuries as a result.
The case is a stark reminder for companies to ensure loads are secured correctly and staff have received adequate trained.