MEL Health and Safety Consultants

Fatal Injury Involving Telehandler

Broken Sidescreen Played Key Role in Tragic Accident 

The HSE have issued a Safety Notice following a recent fatal accident where the operator of a telehandler was leaning through the broken side window aperture, when he was crushed and fatally injured by the descending boom.


The Safety Notice requires the following actions:


  • If the side glass screen is broken or missing the telehandler should be removed from use until the screen has been replaced.
  • Machine owners, users and operators should be warned of the dangers of operating their machines with the side screen broken or missing, and the importance of reporting such damage as it occurs.
  • Users are also reminded of the importance of carrying out daily checks of the condition of their trucks, and that the condition of the cab windows is part of these inspections.

Info Bite 92
April 2010