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Workplace accident claims life of forklift driver

A manufacturing firm has been ordered to pay out almost £15,000 after a warehouse worker was crushed to death by a forklift truck in a workplace accident.

Trackline International Ltd admitted at Lincoln Crown Court failing to provide a safe system of work after a company employee was crushed by a forklift truck at its site in Bourne, Lincolnshire in August 2007.

The driver, aged 31, was moving a large steel assembly from one end of the factory to the other. A large vehicle frame was protruding into the unmarked gangway and he decided to raise the forks over the obstruction to make room for his vehicle to proceed.

On realising that he would hit the frame, colleagues shouted for him to stop and he braked, but his load struck the frame, causing the truck to spin and overturn. The driver tried to jump out of the truck but it caught him as he fell and landed on top of him, killing him instantly.

A post mortem concluded death was due to his internal organs being crushed.

The firm was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay £6,690 costs.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there to be a lack of marked access ways and gangways and no means of assessing size or weight of loads, which increased the risk of a factory accident.

The incidence of forklift and dumper truck rollover has been a source of concern at the HSE for some time because of an increase in industrial accidents involving them. Research has been commissioned to understand how the rolling vehicles lead to deaths and severe injuries.

Victims of such workplace accidents, and their families, are usually eligible to make personal injury compensation claims.


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