Companies have been urged to reduce the risk of injury compensation claims and fines after a Staffordshire apprentice was hurt when a forklift truck overturned.
The 17-year-old was operating the vehicle at a company based in Stoke-on-Trent when it turned over, causing serious foot injuries.
He had been told not to drive the forklift truck, but was still able to do so after the keys were left in the controls.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also found that the vehicle had a number of defects and had not been checked prior to its use.
"This youngster is lucky to be alive since forklift truck overturns can be fatal," commented HSE inspector Hilary Lidbury.
"If the key had not been left in the vehicle the accident could not have happened."
The need to exercise caution when operating forklift trucks was demonstrated recently when a worker was tragically crushed to death at a factory in Borne.