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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure that all staff who operate the forklift trucks are trained; and
- Ensure the undertaking of hazard assessments, risk/task analysis of warehouse operations and put in place safety rules/hazard controls in relation to forklift operation and other tasks carried out in the warehouse environment.
On the day of the incident, the victim was operating a forklift in the warehouse. He was found in the operator’s position on the forklift jammed up under a support beam at the front of a racking unit.
The victim died as result of asphyxia due to blunt trauma of torso with chest compression.
The victim had not received forklift training nor had he been certified as being competent to drive a forklift.