Work Experience Organisers : Case Studies from the HSE
This young warehouseman tragically died when he drove a fork-lift truck without training or authorisation. What happened?
The fork-lift overturned and he fractured his skull. The head injuries proved fatal and he died.
At 9.00 pm in the evening, the young man got into a fork-lift truck and attempted to do a 180 degree turn at speed around the back of a trailer. The fork-lift overturned and he fractured his skull. The head injuries proved fatal and he died.
The young man was not employed to drive fork lift trucks and he had received no training in using them. However, it was custom and practice to allow all employees access and use of the fork-lift trucks.
The company were prosecuted and instructed to ensure that the keys to the fork-lift trucks were not available to non-trained staff.