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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.
April 4th 2017. A Wolverhampton firm where a worker was crushed to death by a forklift truck has been fined just one pound because the firm has since gone into liquidation. More
Mar 24th 2017. A producer of concrete blocks has been fined £300,000 after an employee had to have a leg amputated. More
Mar 8th 2017. The cause of death of a 60-year woman who was killed by a lorry load has been revealed to be due to poor loading and a lack of knowledge of correct loading. More
Mar 2nd 2017. The two owners of Kidderminster based fencing firm Hoo Farm Fencing have been given suspended sentences after a worker was hit by timber posts and frames which fell from a fork lift truck. More
Feb 1st 2017. Two companies from Carmarthenshire and West Midlands have been fined after a worker was killed when he fell from a telehandler. More
Jan 31st 2017. A mechanic was crushed to death by a forklift he was repairing when the machine accidentally slipped into gear while the handbrake was off. More
Jan 25th 2017. A construction firm has been fined after an employee of a sub-contractor suffered a head laceration and bruised ribs after the man riding basket he was in crashed five metres to the ground when it slid off the forks of a telehandler. More
Jan 20th 2017. A construction company has been fined after a 58 year old worker suffered serious injuries when the fork lift truck and attached man-riding cage that he was working from overturned and he fell to the floor. More
Jan 19th 2017. A Logistics company based in Staffordshire has been fined after two employees were injured in two days. More