A Forklift Truck driver had a lucky escape when his Forklift overturned in an attempt to stack a container weighing more than two and a half times the safe lifting capacity of the Forklift Truck he was driving.
The accident occurred at a warehouse in Hemel Hempstead run by Cadogan Tate. An HSE investigation found that the container had been left precariously hanging seven metres in the air since the previous day when an employee had first attempted to lift the container into position. One of the rear wheels of the truck had lifted off the ground and the container remained until a supervisor assessed the situation.
Having strapped himself in, the supervisor attempted to reposition the 1.5 tonne load causing the Forklift Truck to overturn. Miraculously, the man escaped without injury.
The company Cadogan Tate was found to have breached both the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, and fined a total of 18,860 pounds.
The global removals, storage and shipping company pleaded guilty to a breach of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 after it failed to make sure the work was planned and carried out safety.
The London based firm was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £3,860 in prosecution costs.