Forklift Theft Ends in Tragedy?
In Harrisburg, AR a 20 year-old young man was crushed under a forklift.
When tragedy strikes due to the use of heavy materials machinery, it is not always because of some negligence on the part of a company or faulty machinery. Sometimes it is due to sheer foolishness or a lack of thought on behalf of someone out to “just have a good time.”
In Harrisburg, AR a 20 year-old young man was crushed under a forklift. According to police investigators, the forklift had been stolen earlier in the evening from the Poinsett Turfgrass Company. When authorities arrived on the scene, Douglas Hanna was found crushed under the roll bar of the stolen forklift. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Why Did This Happen?
Three other young men were with Hanna throughout the theft and the accident. All three young men were arrested and charged with either felony theft or negligent homicide. All four were intoxicated and had alcohol in their possession at the time of the incident.
When a tragedy such as this occurs, it is easy to make this a moral issue about whether or not the young men should have been drinking, stealing and playing with a forklift that is clearly not a toy. Such an event also makes it crystal clear why proper forklift certification and training are so important.
Is There a Moral to the Story?
It was absolutely wrong for the group to have stolen the machine at all, let alone attempted to operate it while under the influence. But a similar situation can happen in the workplace when a perfectly sober employee is untrained or undertrained. Making sure that your employees have their forklift certification and receive the requisite training can save life and limb, and prevent your company from receiving serious fines or having legal trouble.
For more information about how to receive forklift certification training or training options for your employees, please visit at www.forkliftcertification.com.