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- By Natalie Tkaczuk Sikora, Australian IT
A FORKLIFT driver who filmed himself performing dangerous burnouts and wheelies and then posted it on YouTube was yesterday convicted of breaching safety laws.
In the first case of its kind in Victoria, Matthew Garry Ward was prosecuted with the help of his own video clips.
His forklift licence will be cancelled.
Seymour Magistrates' Court heard Ward was sacked after his boss discovered the YouTube footage, filmed on company premises, seven weeks after it was posted.
In that time the YouTube clip, which has since been removed, received 238 hits.
Entitled 'How 2 pass you forklift License (sic)' it showed Ward performing dangerous two-wheeled manoeuvres on the five-tonne company forklift, loaded with huge reinforced concrete pipes.