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The really good news is that fatal accidents involving forklift trucks in the United Kingdom have decreased over time. In the year to April 2013 there were only six fatal accidents which, although too many, is much lower than the 30 annual deaths that were reported annually when I started in the forklift industry in 1970.
Some of the more recent forklift accidents that have come to my attention are listed below and I will update these on an ongoing basis. Older forklift accidents can be viewed via the links on the left.
Dec 19th 2016. A supplier of industrial equipment based in Newcastle has been fined after a work experience person on their first day of work was injured. More
Nov 29th 2016. A company has been fined £3,000 after a lift truck accident left an untrained operator with a crushed hand. More
Nov 2nd 2016. Oldham manufacturing firm R Tindall (Fabricators) Ltd has been prosecuted after a worker died after he was crushed under metal pipework falling from sideloader. More
Oct 26th 2016. worker loses leg in collision with forklift truck. Company fined £120,000 plus costs. More
Oct 19th 2016. Firm fined £70,000 plus costs after worker crushed to death by load falling off sideloader. More
Sep 9th 2016. A farm in Nottinghamshire has been fined following the death of a young worker, when he became trapped between two vehicles. More
Aug 31st 2016. An engineering company in Knowsley has been fined after an employee was badly injured when he was struck by a metal structure during a lifting process. More
Aug 25th 2016. Construction firm fined £500,000 after a member of the public reported unsafe working practices involving a telehandler. More
Aug 17th 2016. A Lincolnshire company has been fined after a worker was injured whilst dismantling a HGV tipper lorry. More
Jul 5th 2016. A cargo handling company based in Aberdeen has been fined after a worker suffered serious injury. More
Jun 29th 2016. A Plymouth company has been fined £500,000 after an employee suffered fatal injuries when a stack of boxes of frozen fish fell on him. More
Jun 16th 2016. This prosecution does not involve forklift trucks but is very relevant to them so I have included it. A coach company has been fined £250,000 after it repeatedly failed to comply with legal notices to get its lifting equipment examined. More
May 25th 2016. The Royal Mail Group Limited has been fined £50,000 after a worker’s foot was run over by a reach truck in a bundling warehouse. More
May 11th 2016. A Suffolk cargo handling company has been fined £100,000 after an employee suffered serious injury when a sheet of marble weighing one tonne fell on him. More
April 19th 2016. A large steel fabrication company based in North Yorkshire, has been fined after a forklift truck operator was killed when the truck he was operating overturned. More
Feb 24th 2016. A scrap metal firm and its director have been fined after a Manchester worker suffered severe injuries to his left arm when it became stuck in a forklift truck. More
Jan 27th 2016. A Kent based fruit farm has been fined for safety failings after the Health and Safety Executive, visited the site following a RIDDOR reportable incident. More
Jan 13th 2016. Two companies have been fined after a worker suffered serious head injuries when he fell during loading operations with a forklift truck. More
Jan 7th 2016. A company manufacturing precast concrete panels was fined after a worker was injured while loading freestanding concrete units onto a vehicle. More
Jan 6th 2016. Employee of Waste Away was struck by a reversing fork lift truck and dragged under a rear wheel whilst he was picking through waste materials, causing severe crush injuries to his leg and chest. More