Worker fell 20ft from moving forklift
A trainee electrician was seriously injured after falling from the raised forks of a forklift, when the vehicle overturned.
Plymouth Crown Court heard that CL Electrical Solutions had been contracted to change a number of light bulbs on the ceiling of a warehouse in Plympton, Devon. The facility was owned by HT Gardner Distribution Ltd, which had agreed to provide the contractor with a forklift truck and a driver to do the job.
On 7 August, Tom Davis, 18, who was a trainee electrician at CL Electrical Solutions, accompanied a colleague to the site to carry out the work. When they arrived they were told by HT Gardner Distribution that no forklift truck driver was available but they were given permission to drive the vehicle themselves, despite neither of them being qualified. They were also provided with a metal cage to attach to the truck so it could be used as a platform. €
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