Forklift accident

Man crushed to death by forklift

forklift danger signApril 2012. A large Shipbuilding company based in Mersyside has been fined after a breach in health and safety laws led to the death of a worker.

The company was fined £120,000 after a welder died when he became crushed between a forklift truck and a lifting beam used on a crane.

The welder was driving the truck to transport heavy welding equipment when he fell between the truck and lifting beam, sustaining life threatening injuries.

A Health and Safety Executive Investigation found that he had been allowed to drive the vehicle despite having no training and no procedure was in place to inform people who and who wasn't authorised to use the forklift.

Most compensation cases brought against employers are the result of a failure to properly follow health and safety procedure.