Man killed by load falling from forklift truck
6th Feb 2013. A metal manufacturer in Manchester has been sentenced after an employee was killed when a machine weighing half-a-tonne fell from a forklift truck. The deceased, 25, from Eccles, was walking alongside the forklift as it moved the machine at the company in Patricroft when it fell and struck him on the head. He died at the scene.
The company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after an investigation into the incident, on 2 December 2009. It found it had not planned the work in advance so that the machine could be moved safely. Manchester Crown Court heard that the company had been moving four of its machines into a bigger workshop at the factory. It was during the move of the fourth machine that it became unstable and fell resulting in the death. The court was told the company had taken over the Fielding Street factory six weeks before the incident, but a health and safety audit had not been carried out at the company's new premises. The firm also failed to inform its own trained engineer responsible for overseeing lifting operations that it was planning to move the machines at the plant.
The forklift operator who lifted the machine had attended a one-day driver training course in October 2006, but was not trained and competent to lift any complicated loads that were not on pallets. The company, which went into administration in March 2011, was found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to ensure the safety of its employees. The company received a nominal fine of £1.