• Published: 12 Jun 2014
  • Incident ID: 3557

Lorry Driver crushed by dropped load

Cause & Consequence

  • Moving, flying or falling object
Incident Consequence

Incident Location

Any Location Type

Incident Activity

Lifting, crane, rigging, deck operations

Specific Incident Equipment

Forklift Truck

Lessons Identified

The need for a collaborative approach between haulage contractors, forklift operators and facility owners to ensure that lifting operations are effectively managed and enforcement of site rules is consistent.

The need to identify and designate a safe place where haulage drivers can wait during all loading and/or unloading operations.

All forklift operators should have a fundamental understanding that due to the complexities of some lifts they might experience, that the recommended practices may need to be reviewed to ensure that a safe lifting operation can take place;

Incident Recommendations

Conduct review of all site arrangements for providing a safe location for lorry/vehicle drivers and allocate sufficient resources to implement safe locations at facilities.

Review routine forklift operation risk assessments and ensure they clearly define lorry driver safe location and action to take if the lorry driver leaves area.

Produce FLT Driver Accountability / Stop Work Authorisation cards signed by UK VP for distribution to FLT drivers.

Review the training and competency programs in place for all FLT drivers to determine whether it addresses complexities of some site specific operations, and decision making of drivers when faced with unexpected non-routine lifts.

Hold engagement sessions with UK Facility FLT Drivers. These sessions will incorporate the communication of findings from this incident as well re-communication and re-emphasis of the risk assessment and other associated documents such as lift plans to all personnel involved with lifting operations.

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