A prime example of how dangerous using a forklift and pallet can be occurred on Thursday, in Hamden, Connecticut, when three men fell around six meters and ended up in hospital with serious injuries.
The three, all related, were working on the roof for an Atlanta-based contractor, and were using a pallet on the forks of a telehandler as their method for reaching the roof. We understand that they were coming down when the operator – the wife of one of the men – appears to have moved the machine at height over a very uneven piece of ground, throwing all three to the ground.
The scene after the injured men were taken away
Fortunately the earth was not stone or concrete, so they look as though they will survive, but with very serious injuries.
The incident occurred directly alongside a railway line, causing Amtrak to shut down the nearside track. The telehandler, a Genie rented from Smedley Aerial lifts, was not affected by the incident and appeared to be in good working order. The cause was almost certainly due to ignorance and unsafe work practices. OSHA did visit the scene in order to investigate the cause and have so far said nothing.