Tyre firm Goodyear Dunlop has been fined £13,500 after a worker was injured by a pallet at its Wolverhampton site.
The firm admitted breaching the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act after a worker suffered a fractured rib when a pallet fell from a forklift truck.
The Birmingham-based company was also ordered to pay costs of £2,888 by magistrates in the city. The firm must pay £4,000 in compensation to the worker, who was injured in June last year when a steel stillage struck him.
Speaking after the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector Amarjit Kalay said: "It is important that individuals and employers remember their duties under the law to take reasonable care of the health and safety of others.
"The injuries inflicted could have been significantly worse, or even fatal. Operators of lift trucks must ensure that they operate them in accordance with training and employers must ensure that they are used safely."