$168,00 fine for forklift violations

A Detroit terminal and dock company has been blamed for the death of a worker struck by a 62,000 lb capacity forklift carrying a 40,000 lb load of steel coil.

The forklift related violations cited were:

  • Unapproved modification of a forklift
  • No traffic rules or signs for pedestrian traffic
  • Failing to train employees on operating instructions, warnings and precautions listed in the operators manual
  • Failing to maintain vehicles in safe working order
  • Failing to ensure employees use the horn when visibility is obstructed

OSHA notes that being struck by vehicles is a leading cause of workplace deaths.

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