Driver Struck by Forklift Truck
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ACCIDENT / INCIDENT DETAILS
Driver struck by Forklift Truck
Details of the Accident
An incident occurred recently which involved a forklift colliding with a contracted haulier. The result of this collision was that the driver sustained significant leg injuries and has had subsequent surgery to pin lower leg and ankle fractures.
Forklifts operate on many locations, both within the company and also on customer sites. The recent incident occurred on a customer’s site. Investigations are ongoing and at this stage the main cause is believed to be associated with the forklift reversing, combined with the driver NOT wearing hi-visibility garments (PPE).
The company operate strict controls relating to the wearing of Hi-Vis clothing, combined with designated traffic routes and pedestrian segregation on all of our operations, had these standards been adopted at this location, this incident may have been avoided.
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LEARNING POINTS / ACTIONS TAKEN
All employees and contractors are reminded that safety provisions, including traffic management, pedestrian walkways, hi-visibility clothing, and speed limits, all form part of improving safety for personnel working on our sites. Encourage all employees to ensure that they adopt these standards as a minimum when visiting all sites.
?Familiarise yourself with all site safety rules which you visit and follow the Safe System of Work for that particular operation. If anything is unclear, ask for guidance.
?Forklifts can operate on many sites, both Company and customer sites. Ensure that you comply with all site safety requirements.
?Adopt ‘MYSPACE’ principles and ask ‘How can I be harmed?’ Take yourself away from the hazard.
?Where there is a designated safe zone, remain there until advised that it is safe to move, otherwise remain in your vehicle during loading and off-loading operations.
?Keep to designated pedestrian areas only, away from any traffic movements
?Ensure that you comply with the Company minimum requirement for Hi-Visibility and all other PPE plus any other additional site requirements.
?Make sure that all mobile plant operatives are aware of your presence. Do not assume that because you have seen them, that they have seen you. Be Safe – Be Seen!
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