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The legislative information contained on this web site is my interpretation of the law based on many years in the health and safety business. A definitive interpretation can only be given by the courts. I will therefore not be held responsible for any accident/incident/prosecution arising as a consequence of anyone using any information obtained from this web site.

Forklift accidents, prosecutions and fines 2016

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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

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