Worker death calls for review of forklift training
Feb 27th 2012. The family of a man killed instantly when a heavy load from a forklift struck him on the head have demanded new rules for operating factory equipment in the hope it will prevent further tragedies in the future.
The 25-year old welding engineer from Eccles in Manchester suffered a fractured skull when a large metal counter-balance hit his head in a warehouse at an engineering company in Eccles in December 2009 as he helped to move a fly press that was being carried on a fork lift truck.
Following several weeks of evidence at Bolton Coroners' Court, the inquest heard how the heavy pressing machine overturned as the forklift went up a ramp. The jury ruled that the death of the worker from the company was a tragic accident. Coroner Jennifer Leeming said that she would ask the HSE to reconsider training given to fork lift truck drivers, as well as review its guidance on the use of forklift trucks.
Experts believed that the load would have remained on the vehicle if it had been strapped to the truck.