During the day to day operations of a Company it can be difficult to think about releasing employees to undertake a formal training course. It may appear quicker and easier for another operative to show a new employee the workings of the forklift truck but this will not be sufficient if the worst happens.
A company in Essex have found out the hard way. An employee working at a warehouse in Rayleigh was standing taking parcels from a cage when he was struck by a load carried by a forklift truck driven by another employee. He sustained a broken hip and spent a significant amount of time off work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the person operating the truck had received no relevant suitable training. Management were aware that the employee was operating the truck occasionally before the incident.
The company was fined £18,000 and the HSE was awarded full prosecution costs of £1,302. For the full article visit the HSE website