Hse Warn Over Dangers Of Forklift Trucks 07/02/2008
A joinery company in the North of England has been fined following a health and safety breach whilst using a fork lift truck. An employee of the company in question was raised up to eight feet in the air by a forklift truck to fit a sign for the company.
As a result of the ostensibly dangerous misuse of the forklift truck, the Health and Safety Executive has reiterated guidelines surrounding the safe use of forklift trucks.
The company charged with misuse of the forklift truck has been charged under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act, after allegedly failing to ensure the safety of an employee while using the forklift truck.
According to a spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive, the incident could have potentially culminated in a forklift related accident. It should be noted that employers whose business involves the usage of forklift trucks must ensure that the health and safety of their employees is maintained at all times.
An additional point issues from the Health and safety Executive regarding the use of forklift trucks is that forklift operators should be properly trained, and can use the equipment appropriately.