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TELEHANDLER OPERATOR FINED

Operator fined for dangerous practice and fraudulent certificate

 

A construction site telehandler operator has been fined £500 following a serious accident. The load of the unstabilised telehandler fell causing serious injury to a banksman.

The incident occurred in October 2007 at a homebuild project in Livingston, Scotland. The court heard that the operator was employed at the site as a telehandler operator for only a few weeks and the evidence he had provided of his training and experience was partly fraudulent.

HSE Inspector Bruce Monaghan said: “This was a tragic incident which was entirely foreseeable. Failure to deploy the stabilisers was a serious omission particularly so because the banksman was obviously nearby. Operators must adhere to correct operating procedures otherwise serious incidents will result.

“This incident underlines the fact that employers and users of forklift trucks must check the experience and qualifications of those they employ in a particularly searching and careful way. Companies should be alert to the possibility that documentation presented as evidence of training, experience and competence can be invalid if obtained on the basis of false or misleading information.”

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