News

Forklift Truck Safety

Sep 18, 2017

A PVC product manufacturer has been fined following a forklift truck overturning during operation, killing the 19-year-old driver.

The forklift truck was being driven down a sloping road when it tipped over causing fatal head and neck injuries being sustained by the driver.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the driver had not been adequately trained to operate the forklift truck as well as not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The investigation also found that the Company had failed to communicate the onsite speed limit to the workers and had not installed any measurers to control the speed of vehicles on the site. Additionally, adequate lighting and edge protection was not present onsite to stop the forklift truck overturning.

Following the hearing, it was stated that the Company exposed workers to serious safety risks due to the lack of safe driver measurers such as wearing a seatbelt, the management of forklift truck driving operations and its inadequate external yard area safety measures.

The Company pleaded guilty to breaching 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and reg 3 of the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations. The Company was fined £450,000 in addition to £71,778 of legal costs.

In addition to this case, a worker died at a tyre retread Company when the forklift truck he was operating overturned after the vehicle ran over a loose tyre in the road. The driver was crushed between the vehicle and the ground as he was not wearing his seatbelt. The HSE found there was a lack of seatbelt policy along with the tyres being stored insecurely which allowed them to roll onto the road causing the accident. The Company pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £300,000 as well as being ordered to pay £25,000 in costs.

The point to emphasise from both cases is that drivers should always wear a seatbelt when it is fitted, and employers should actively enforce this rule throughout the organisation.

If you would like any further information on how to manage the safety of forklift operations within your Company, please contact the Amarisk team by emailing enquiries@amarisk.co.uk or phoning 01392 247436.

Contact us

How to get in touch

To discuss how we might be able to help your organisation please call the office on 01392 247436, email us via enquiries@amarisk.co.uk or fill in the form below and we'll get back to you.

Employment Law Update January 2018

Jan 5, 2018 | We have summarised the recent changes in employment legislation below and detailed the dates that these will come into force. National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage – New rates for the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage will be introduced on the 1st April 2018 as follows…

It’s Time for Action

Sep 6, 2017 | Amarisk works with organisations that take the development, safety and success of their people seriously. Key to this is developing leadership at all levels, creating the confidence to make decisions, pass on skills and deal with issues as they arise…

Contact Details

Amarisk Ltd
Stratus House
Emperor Way
Exeter Business Park
Exeter
EX1 3QS

Phone: 01392 247436
Email: enquiries@amarisk.co.uk

In Association

          

 

Amarisk Ltd - Stratus House, Emperor Way, Exeter Business Park, Exeter, EX1 3QS - Company Number: 5482152 VAT Number: 862291223