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Forklift accidents and prosecutions 2019

Forklift accidents The really good news is that fatal accidents involving forklift trucks in the United Kingdom have decreased over time. In the year to April 2013 there were only six fatal accidents which, although too many, is much lower than the 30 annual deaths that were reported annually when I started in the forklift industry in 1970.

Some of the more recent forklift accidents that have come to my attention are listed below and I will update these on an ongoing basis. Older forklift accidents can be viewed via the links on the left.


October 4th 2019. A Liverpool company has been sentenced after a worker was struck by a load falling from two fork lift trucks during an unloading operation. Read More

October 2nd 2019. The director of a waste management company has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after an employee was critically injured. Read More

September 23rd 2019. An engineering company has been fined following the death of an employee who was struck on the head in an accident involving a sideloader. Read More

September 4th 2019. An employee has been fined after an apprentice suffered serious injuries when he fell from a potato box lifted by a forklift truck. Read More

August 14th 2019. An event management company has been fined for failing to ensure the safety of employees during the lifting and moving of a 14-foot-wide park home chassis. Read More

August 8th 2019. A concrete production company has been fined £400,000 after a welder lost four fingers during an unsafe lifting operation. Read More

August 6th 2019. A classic car enthusiast suffered fatal crush injuries after a forklift truck he was helping to load on to a lorry at a Carlisle auto-salvage yard fell on top of him. Read More

July 25th 2019. Airworld Airlines Ltd has been fined £82,000 after a freight container weighing nearly 700kg fell on a worker at a warehouse in Hounslow. Read More

July 23rd 2019. A Birmingham manufacturer has been fined £200,000 plus costs after a worker suffered fatal injuries when struck by a forklift truck on a walkway. Read More

July 17th 2019. A shipping company has been fined after a Heavy Goods Vehicle driver was struck by a paper reel that was being loaded on to his trailer. Read More

June 25th 2019. Whiterose Scaffolding (Leeds) Ltd has been sentenced after a worker was crushed by a forklift truck whilst not wearing his seat belt. Read More

June 13th 2019. A Warrington engineering fabrication company has been sentenced after a worker suffered severe crush injuries when a metal frame he was moving toppled from a fork lift truck. Read More

June 6th 2019. Tragically a man has died in an accident involving a forklift truck at an industrial premises in Nottinghamshire three days ago. Read More

May 26th 2019. A telecommunication inspection and maintenance company has been fined after a forklift truck overturned during an unsafe lifting operation which could have exposed several workers to the risk of death or serious personal injury. Read More

April 24th 2019. A potato processing company has today been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker, Colin Smith, was struck by a telehandler load. Read More

April 10th 2019. A Cheshire based woodworking company has been sentenced after a worker was struck by a fork lift truck at Woodford Park Industrial Estate, Winsford. Read More

March 4th 2019. Some people think that non motorised pallet trucks, (pump trucks), don't require the operator to be trained. This accident shows that it's simply not true. Read More

February 26th 2019. A double glazing and conservatory manufacturing company was fined £66,000 plus costs after a worker was seriously injured at its site in Wakefield. Read More

February 18th 2019. A poultry-processing company has today been fined after a yardman was seriously injured after being struck by a forklift truck. Read More

December 19th 2018. A company has been fined €100,000 over safety breaches that caused the death of a man within hours of starting his first day at work. Read More

December 12th 2018. A family-owned and run farming business has today been fined £40,000 after an employee sustained severe injuries following a fall from height. Read More

December 10th 2018. A courier service company has been fined after an agency worker was hit and run over by a fork lift truck. Read More

December 5th 2018. A Newport-based logistics company has been fined after a driver was crushed by a full pallet when his lorry was being unloaded. Read More

November 28th 2018. A steel fabricating company has been fined after a worker was injured by steel falling on him. Read More

November 21st 2018. This is the dramatic moment a forklift operator caused an entire warehouse of goods to fall like dominoes when he bumped into a shelving unit. Watch Video

November 14th 2018. A scaffolding company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker was crushed by a forklift truck. Read More

October 30th 2018. Symmetry Medical, Sheffield Limited were sentenced today for safety breaches after a worker suffered serious injuries from a load falling from a pallet truck. Read More

October 17th 2018. A Glossop-based company has been fined after a visiting tanker collided with a fork lift truck. No one was injured but the company was fined £60,000 plus costs. Read More

August 8th 2018. Worker suffered multiple fractures after a fork lift truck reversed into a stack of roof trusses which fell onto him. Read More

August 1st 2018. A Cheshire-based trailer manufacturing company has been fined after a worker was struck by a load on a fork lift truck and left with multiple injuries. Read More

July 10th 2018. A timber yard has been fined after two workers were seriously injured when they were struck by a side loader lift truck. Read More

June 27th 2018. A company which manufactures freshly prepared meals was fined £176,000 when an employee was killed after being struck by empty food trays. Read More

March 28th 2018. Bellway Homes Ltd and A D Bly Construction Ltd have today been fined after a worker was struck by a telehandler. Read More

March 22nd 2018. A plastic product manufacturer has been fined £1 million after a delivery driver was fatally injured when he was struck by a fork lift truck which had large coils suspended from the forks. Read More

February 13th 2018. A Stockton-based waste recycling company has today been fined after a worker was injured following a workplace transport accident in September 2016. More

January 30th 2018. An engineering company has been fined after a worker lost his leg from the knee down when he was hit by a forklift truck. More

January 17th 2018. A recycling firm has been fined £666,000 after a worker suffered life threatening head injuries in a telehandler accident. More

January 17th 2018. A recycling firm has been fined £666,000 after a worker suffered life threatening head injuries in a telehandler accident. More

Disclaimer: The legislative information contained on this web site is my interpretation of the law based on many years in the health and safety business. A definitive interpretation can only be given by the courts. I will therefore not be held responsible for any accident/incident/prosecution arising as a consequence of anyone using any information obtained from this web site.

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