Safety Alert: Risk assessment, safe system of work and adequate supervision required to prevent unsafe custom and practice in forklift truck operations
An employee’s leg was crushed by forklift truck when he was struck on a pedestrian crossing. The worker had been walking across a pedestrian crossing at the site when a forklift truck, being driven by another worker, collided with him, crushing his leg and ankle. The driver did not slow down while approaching the pedestrian crossing and his vision was restricted as the forklift truck was carrying multiple intermediate bulk containers (IBCs).
The injured worker required surgery and skin grafts following the incident.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident found that the duty holder failed to provide an adequate risk assessment nor a safe system of work. There was also a lack of appropriate supervision. This led to the adoption and development of an unsafe custom and practice on site.
HSE inspector Marie Wheeler said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by the employer adequately assessing the risks and ensuring a suitable workplace transport system was implemented with correct management and supervision in place.
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