Watched them replace some rails here a few years ago, near enough a 1/4 mile long and a machine that slid them off the end and set them. Funny springy noise those things make when they are moving the rail cars that carry them
They didn't account at all for the short grade the front tires were on initially when they were close to the tracks. As they backed off, they needed to at least match the tilt lost by the lifts/masts, but yeah, a touch more would have been safer.
Another case of innocent forklifts giving their lives due to bad process management. And a railcar (literally) is collateral damage. Oh, the steelmanity!...
My take is that the bundle of rails wasn't really well secured (only seemed to have a few straps holding it together?), and maybe there was fear that a significant tip back would stress the straps too much?
Life goes bad sometimes.
And there are so many who say so much stuff about it afterwards feeling proud or all knowing.
I make mistakes and I get it when my crew does.
Yes it sucks donkey dick and I get all mad and crazy do not talk to me but one should cut some slack.
I thought it was pretty legit until the camera panned out and you could see them trying to coordinate backing the thing down a sharp (albeit short) grade.
Then again, the convicts that used to drive forklifts in the lumber yards I worked in as a kid could have easily handled it. I regularly watched them load three units of plywood on the forks, get going across the lot, tap the brakes and drive 50-100 feet balanced on the front two wheels. 'Course when you mess up, its a hell of a deck of cards that shoots across the lot.
I agree with Ox. Boom back and change the center of gravity. Do that as soon as forks purchase the load. Signal man motioned to back up. Did not make BOOM BACK motion. Operators may or may not have known the difference.