The HSE’s investigation found that the telehandler’s safety device, designed to stop loads being lifted so high, had not worked for a long time and maintenance had failed to identify this. Furthermore, the machine operator had not received full training in its use and the machine was regularly used to lift overly heavy loads.
The yard supervisor did not know how the machine should be used safely. The yard wasn’t laid out to allow the safe stacking of material.
Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply ensuring that the vehicle in question had been properly maintained and thoroughly examined. This failure was compounded by not ensuring their yard was set up to safely store timber or that their drivers were properly trained and appropriately supervised.”