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Court Summary - at a glance
- Have an effective system in place to monitor and maintain the forklift fleet.
- Ensuring that a working seat belt was fitted to the forklift and to all forklifts used in their place of work
- Ensuring that employees do not operate forklifts before passing a training programme with practical and theoretical testing;
- Ensuring that all forklift operators are trained by competent, qualified trainers
The victim used the forklift to pick up an empty timber-carrying cradle. The forklift rolled backwards down the driveway to the dry mill building, hit a pile of steel and tipped over.
The victim sustained massive crush injuries to the head and trunk and died at the scene.