A 34 year-old forklift truck caused the death of the 61 year old manager and co-directorof Chard Truck Services, three months after being crushed by the “prehistoric”forklift.
Theaccident occurred when the vehicle toppled over after a wheel went into an open gully.
Whentested by the HSE, the following defects were found:
- The handbrake could not be locked in position
- The foot brake was not working properly
- The reverse pedal did not work properly
- There was no seat belt
Firefightershad to cut the roll cage and steering column to free the driver. He was takento Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton where he suffered a cardiac arrest the nextday and then never regained consciousness. He died from pneumonia with braininfarction and hypoxia due to the crush injury.
Inreturning a verdict of accidental death with a narrative the jury added that:“significant factors” were the defective vehicle and poor health and safetypractices. Specific contributors included those listed above and the lack of ageneral risk assessment.
Source:Western Daily Press Thursday, March 28, 2013