Workplace Health and Safety is investigating a workplace incident that claimed the life of a man at a Townsville-based company on Friday morning.
According to reports, the man was checking his forklift when a heavy load fell on him crushing him to death.
He was rescued by fellow workers but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful as he died at the scene.
About 20 Australian workers have been killed while at work this year.
Although forklifts offer a practical materials handling solution for many businesses, each year they continue to be associated with workplace deaths and injuries.
According to SafeWork SA’s “Forklift safety —reducing the risks” guide, simple, safe practices, such as observing speed limits and warning signs; wearing correctly fitted seat belts; slowing down; and sounding the horn at an intersection can make a big difference.
Having a safe work environment; effective worker training; well-maintained machinery; a traffic management plan; policies and procedures; and effective supervision all help reduce the risk of forklift-related injuries.