Did you know that there are approximately one million forklifts in operation in the United States?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are around 110,000 forklift accidents across all industries every year, resulting in 95,000 injuries and nearly 100 fatalities.
According to OSHA, seventy percent of all forklift accidents could have been prevented, and common causes include:
Speeding – When drivers become comfortable, it can lead to irresponsibility such as speeding. This shortens a drivers reaction time, and it’s recommended the speed stays at or below five miles per hour.
Giving Rides to Other Employees – Drivers should never maneuver a forklift with someone standing on the forklift lead.
Insufficient Markings and Warnings – In an environment where there is both foot and forklift traffic, forklift zones should be marked. Options include floor tape (considered the best option), painted lines, or standing signs.
Poorly Trained Drivers – Poorly trained drivers may have trouble moving inventory, maneuvering around obstacles, or with changes in the floor gradient. Companies are often to blame for providing inadequate training, and testing should include a driving assessment, reflex test, eye test, and a written exam.
Types of Forklift Accidents
There are several ways people are injured or killed by forklifts. They include:
- Falling from a forklift
- Being crushed between the forklift and a surface
- Getting run over
- Getting struck by falling materials
If you were injured by a forklift while on the job, please contact our work injury attorneys to discuss your case. They will make sure you are receiving all of the benefits you are entitled to receive.