Company Forced to Pay $70,000 for Forklift Worker’s Death

Forklift driving can be a dangerous job, whether it’s in the United States or on the other side of the world.

A New Zealand man was killed last February 25th, and investigators said the accident that killed him was ”a tragedy waiting to happen”, a representative for WorkSafe New Zealand said.

Anthony Wells was run over by a 6.5 ton telehandler, which was setup to work like a forklift. The accident happened in the front yard of a Christchurch factory during the early morning hours.

Wells was 47-years old at the time of his death. He died from his injuries on site.

Wells’ employer, Busck Prestressed Concrete Ltd, recently appeared in the Christchurch District Court. Authorities found BPC in violation of the New Zealand Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. BPC was guilty of failing to take measures to ensure Wells’ safety at work.

It was fined $70,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $60,000. WorkSafe New Zealand said ”multiple” safety issues were discovered with the telehandler, including bad headlights, front indicators, brake lights, front hazard lights, horn, screen washers and front wipers.

WorkSafe is the equivalent of New Zealand’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which governs U.S. workplace safety issues.

The only light coming from the vehicle was a flashing orange beacon on the roof, WorkSafe NZ said.

“This case serves as a reminder of the terrible consequences that can result from failing to ensure plant and equipment are maintained in safe working order,” WorkSafe NZ investigator Keith Stewart said.

With stories like this constantly popping up in the news, it’s yet another reminder of how important workplace safety is. To keep you and your fellow forklift drivers safe, offers the best training around, at the best prices anywhere.

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